NEW DELHI: An electric shock had left 41-year-old Rano from Pakistan with two amputated arms and legs five years ago. He could neither eat nor drink without assistance. But now, a low-cost device from India, fitted right under his elbow, helps him eat, drink and even use a mobile phone all by himself.
Rano had come in contact with high tension cables at his workplace after which he had to undergo a bilateral upper limb amputation. While his left arm was amputated from the shoulders, he lost his right arm from just above the elbow.
The shock also affected his lower limbs taking away nearly 20 per cent of their functionality. After consulting many doctors in Pakistan, Rano recently travelled to India and tried an imported robotic arm. However, this too was unsuccessful. Finally, at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre in New Delhi, he was referred to assistive technology experts who created a unique device to help him regain a significant amount of normalcy in daily life.