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Digital Digits: San Diego man gets bionic fingers

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A local man is one of only three people in the world, wearing a truly out-of-this world bionic hand. 

While kids think he is a real life superhero, Moises Aramburo said he just feels grateful to be able to do 90 percent of what he was able to do, before he lost his fingers. 

Aramburo lost four fingers in an accident, and now he uses his mind to open and close his new prosthetic hand.

"I was shooting a rifle in Texas two days ago with my robotic trigger. I don't have to stop or press a button or anything. It's just mentally. I got it down," he said. 

Aramburo has rewired his brain to make his robotic fingers move. 

"If I move my index finger towards me, I'll close all the fingers. To open, I'll think of moving my pinky, the one I don't have anymore. That will open all of them. There are sensors put inside the prosthesis," he said. 

"After an amputation, you still have muscles in the hand, so we pick up those muscles and adapt it to hand function," said Jonathan Skerrit, CPO at Hanger Clinic. 

Aramburo's final fitting took place at the Hanger Clinic in Hillcrest. 

"I can do about 90 percent of what I could do before," he said. 

Three years ago, Aramburo, a Point Loma Nazarene University graduate, lost his fingers while home in Mexico for the summer during a tropical storm. 

During the tropical storm, he helped tow cars out of flooded areas with a truck, then decided to surf through the streets, being towed by the truck. 

"The tow rope behind me caught onto a sewer, which served as an anchor, the truck kept moving, and the tow rope just took my fingers off," he said. 

Doctors tried to save his fingers, but could not. 

"I was in the hospital for two months. I was mentally beating myself up over what had happened, and thinking of all the things I could not do," he said. 

Aramburo learned about Touch Bionics, and two-years ago was fitted with an older version of the robotic hand, which changed his life. 

"I can write cursive with this. I shake people's hands with this. It's always the go to hand. People are offended if I shake their hand with the real hand," he said. 

He plays golf with his robotic hand, and said it's quite the conversation starter. 

Aramburo said his insurance helped pay for the prosthetic. 

He now works as an ambassador for Touch Bionics, showing other amputees how the technology works.

Aramburo shows them that life can return to what it once was, even after a traumatic loss. 

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