In Madrid, Spain, the first transplant of the Otto Bock 'MichelAngelo' Bionic Hand has been completed.
Axel Eichinger, a 28-year-old born without a right hand, said that "he has gained self-esteem" from the transplant and although it took a while to adjust, he now uses his new hand with ease.
It took four weeks for Eichinger to learn to use his new hand, which is a skeleton made from stainless steel and aluminum with a soft skin-like covering.
The Otto Bock 'MichelAngelo' bionic hand will be available next year in Spain and throughout the world by spring 2010.
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