WAUSAU (WAOW) -- A Medford man is getting a second chance after losing part of his hand and arm in work accident in 2006.
Matt Razink, 36, can say he is the first civilian to ever get a bionic hand. It's called the Michelangelo, a high-tech prosthetic arm. A far cry from the basic model he'd been using.
"So we've got a compliant wrist, a moveable thumb, and fingers that all come together," Razink said.
Razink lost his hand in a rock crushing machine at work. But, his nerves in his arm survived. And now, wires and electrodes help him control his new hand.
"If I want to close it I think wrist down like this..and wrist down," Razink said.
Matt was fitted at Advanced Arm Dynamics in Plymouth, MN. While doctors are still tweaking things, after only a few days of practice, Razink looks pretty comfortable.
"It's more natural to me. A lot like it used to be when I had my real arm," Razink said.
Razink and his wife, Katie, headed back to Medford on Friday. But, the Michelangelo remains in Minnesota. In a phone conversation with Newsline 9, his wife says they are waiting on insurance approval. But, after all the paperwork is complete, Razink can finally call the bionic hand his own.
"It's opening up a whole new way of life for me. Getting me back to how I used to be," Razink said.
And soon he will have his new hand for all occasions, and a whole new outlook on life.