A Karachi-based prosthetics company has broken a world record by fitting a multi-grip bionic arm on a four-year-old child. Being the first private, non-profit company in the country to design and produce bionic arms in 2016, Bioniks made waves at the two-day COMSTECH – ICCBS International Exhibition on “Technology Enabled Healthcare Solutions” at the University of Karachi’s International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) on Thursday.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Muaaz Zahid, 27, who joined Bioniks after being fitted with a prosthetic arm made by the company last year, said that Bioniks introduced this technology in Pakistan around five years ago. Last month, it made the world record by treating four-year-old Muhammad Sideeq, the youngest person in the world to have an artificial limb. “Before that an eight-year-old kid in the United Kingdom was the youngest person [to have an artificial limb].”
Powered by a sensor, the prosthetic arm can also move and lift weights, helping people with disabilities carry out routine activities with ease. It works through a sensor, which is battery-powered and can be used for up to eight hours at a stretch. The prosthetic has fingers that can move, a flexible wrist and can lift upto three and a half kilogrammes of weight. The company produces it in three variants distinguished by colour – the black Black-X, skin-coloured Zindagi and a customisable Super Hero – at the cost of Rs350,000 each.