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Patient opts for amputation in favour of bionic hand

19 May 2011 Last updated at 15:16 BST

A man living in Austria has chosen to have his dysfunctional hand cut off so that it can be replaced with a bionic limb.

The operation was conducted by a Viennese surgeon who believes elective amputation and what he calls "bionic reconstruction" can offer certain patients with traumatic injuries the best hope of regaining bodily function.

Neil Bowdler reports for Newsnight.