BENSON, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota man is hoping technology will help improve his life. On Thursday, he’ll become the first civilian in the U.S. to get fitted with a new kind of bionic hand.

Matt Razink lost his arm in a rock-crushing device.

“When I realized I didn’t have an arm, and I couldn’t go back to work, that was huge for me. That was the hardest part,” said Razink, who is a resident Swift County.

So, Advanced Arm Dynamics fitted him with a prosthetic hand that includes an opposable thumb. It’s called the Michelangelo Hand.

Until now, it has only been available to 10 soldiers who lost their hands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s more natural to me,” said Razink. “It’s like it used to be, before I lost my arm.”

Although his arm was amputated below the elbow, the nerves are still there. So, now wires and electrodes build into his high-tech forearm help Matt control the Michelangelo hand, a lot like his natural one.

“If I want to close it, I think wrist down,” he said, showing how the mechanical wrist flexes down and the hand moves the way he wants.

They’re still tweaking things, including using BluTooth connected to a computer, Razink looked pretty comfortable after only a day of practice.

It’s a far cry from the various attachments he would screw onto his previous mechanical hand, in order to perform various tasks. Now, he doesn’t need to make any changes. He has a hand for all occasions, and a whole new outlook.

“It’s opening up a whole new way of life for me,” he said, “getting me back to be like I used to be.”

Comments (10)
  1. helpermonkey says:

    Great still photo of the technology. Was the YouTube broken or did you just make a poor hiring decision?

  2. chris says:

    I had to sit through 20 seconds of Larry the Cable to see a still photo of a bionic hand? Awful job CCO!!!

  3. Jay says:

    I was also disappointed in the viideo provided. Went to the youtube video,and was totally amazed at the functions this new hand is going to give the individuals that get one.I hope each and every one finds their lives productive and to their satisfaction with its use. Its truly amazing how far technology has come.

  4. molly says:

    cant you all just be happy for this man??

  5. Hmmm says:

    This is great technology!. Our whole generation has been a tech generation. There’s so many great things now for people with disabilities. I myself, also have some high tech machinery in my body. A spinal cord stimulator which allowed me to move easier, and helps with chronic pain. These are not extremely common, and only used in worst case situations. But it is very helpful. I love living in this age of technology

  6. Tc Kelly says:

    The comment from Hmmm is me. The facebook thing didn’t work for me lol

  7. Carrie Nation says:

    This is old news! in the 1970s they had this technology and installed an arm, two legs and an eye on a guy named Steve Austin. He was an astronaut that was injured in a test accident. They made a T.V. show about him but cool for this guy anyway. I bet he can play guitar really fast now. I bet so fast it would start the neck of it on fire!!!! That would be cool to SEE!!!! He could kick Eddie Van Halen’s butt on guitar or maybe be really good at Guitar Hero too.

  8. Darth vader says:

    My son, you will learn how to wield the light saber in your new hand in no time!

  9. Anonymous says:

    This man is from Medford, Wisconsin. What a failure of a service that delivers news.