(video courtesy of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab)
U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Joe Delauriers was the first patient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) to begin using the Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL). The brain-controlled prosthetic has nearly as much dexterity as a natural limb, 22 degrees of motion, and independent movement of fingers, the MPL was developed as part of a four-year program by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), along with WRNMMC and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
Look for the full story and interview with Tech Sgt. Delauriers in the Spring 2012 edition of the Navy Medicine Magazine.