James Young had always been a gamer, and learning to play games with one arm after losing his other in a freak accident had been a struggle for him. One of his favorite video game characters is Punished Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series, and the character took on more of a special meaning to him when it was revealed in the game that Snake lost his arm. Konami (The games developer) was hoping to find an amputee who would be interested in helping them develop a new, state of the art prosthetic limb that they were developing as a tie-in for the launch of Metal Gear Solid 5.
The new arm was designed and custom-built for Young and would combine state of the art technology, including advanced robotics that would be controlled with a set of sensors attached to his shoulder muscles. It would be designed by Sophie De Oliveira Barata, a world re nowned alternative prosthetics artist and founder of the Alternative Limb Project. Because Young was a fan of video games, and Konami was footing the bill, the arm is a futuristic cyber-limb that looks like it came straight out of a science fiction movie.
Unfortunately none of these advanced prosthetic surgeries are covered by the UK’s NHS, so the $130,000 price tag will be entirely up to Young to come up with. To help off-set those astronomical costs he has set up a GoFundMe page. You can see both parts of the excellent documentary below:
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