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Bionic hand opens new world

11:56 AM, May 17, 2013   |    comments
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SCITUATE, Massachusetts (NECN) -- Using two hands to throw a football is new for Mike Benning.

When he was 14, the Scituate, Massachusetts man had an aggressive form of cancer that forced doctors to amputate his arm below the elbow.

For decades, he wore a prosthetic arm with a hook for a hand.

"I was absolutely terrified to be around kids," he says. "'How am I going to hold my daughter? How am I going to hold my son?"

34 years years later, Benning has become the first person in the country to have the i-Limb, the newest bionic hand on the market.

"When I want to open my hand, I will fire this muscle and it will open," he says.

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