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Man among first to have bionic hand
Prosthetic restores hope, opportunities
Dr. Daniel Elseroad, a Hangar Prosthetics and Orthotics practitioner, checks out the BeBionic hand belonging to Antonio Rueda, right, in Cumming. - photo by Sara Guevara
Antonio Rueda may not be “The Six Million Dollar Man,” but his new bionic hand is pretty intriguing.In 2007, an industrial mixer rolled over the Cumming resident’s arm. After being pinned for 20 minutes under the cement machine, Rueda was freed, but not without consequences. Damage to his arm left it mostly unusable.“I was thinking because the accident was so bad, that I wouldn’t be able to do anything else for the rest of my life,” said Rueda, 36.He tried working with an occupational therapist to try and regain use of his hand.