14 year old Formula 1 fan Matthew James from Woking, who was born without part of a left arm, including a hand has been helped by his favorite F1 team Mercedes to get a prosthetic limb with a clamping mechanism that would do what normally a human hand does.
He needed £35,000 for this limb which was a pretty high amount. He sent a ‘sponsorship proposal’ to Mercedes offering them to display their logo on the limb if they help him out to arrange this much sum of money.
Much to his surprise Mercedes responded to his request and with the help of their sponsors and fans, they arranged the amount needed for the limb. Afterwards, in collaboration with Touch Bionics, a prosthetic limbs company made the limb for Matthews.
After meetings with Ross Brawn, the Mercedes team principal and Touch Bionics, Matthews was fitted with “iLimb”, the world’s most advanced robotic arm which now allows him to hold objects, write using a pen and even catch a ball. The limb is connected to his muscles to be able to imitate a real human hand.
Ross Brawn said, “Meeting Matthew, and hearing firsthand how the new device would improve his quality of life, was a pleasure and I am delighted that our initial contact has now led to such a positive conclusion.”
Here’s the Youtube video of Matthews using the limb