The patient, called "Milo", aged 26, lost the use of his right hand in a motorcycle accident a decade ago. After his stump heals in several weeks' time, he will be fitted with a bionic hand which will be controlled by nerve signals in his own arm.
"The operation will change my life. I live 10 years with this hand and it cannot be (made) better. The only way is to cut this down and I get a new arm," Milo told BBC News prior to his surgery at Vienna's General Hospital.
Bionic hand for 'elective amputation' patient
An Austrian man has voluntarily had his hand amputated so he can be fitted with a bionic limb.
Tags: mad science, parts, robots, the future
Every time Max Barry writes a book about the near future, it ends up coming true (in a shorter and shorter timeframe I've noticed). Max's last book was about a guy cutting off limbs and having them replaced with robotic versions...
Which book was this?
Machine Man - http://maxbarry.com/machineman/
Compare and contrast this with this advert for the forthcoming Deus Ex game.
Yup, we're living in the future alright.