After Nearly 11 Months Of Losing Left Hand, Riaz Gets An Artificial Left Hand In SSKM

After nearly 11 months since the tragic train accident in Odisha, Riaz Afridi has finally regained the use of his left hand, which he had lost in the accident. On Monday, Riaz underwent a groundbreaking procedure at SSKM Hospital where an artificial hand was attached, marking a significant milestone in his road to recovery.

The tragic incident occurred on June 2nd, leaving Riaz and his brother, Rajab Ali, injured. Following the accident, Riaz was admitted to two hospitals in Odisha after being admitted to PG trauma care, where his left hand had to be amputated. However, hope was restored when the Chief Minister promised to provide Riaz with an artificial hand. 

After meticulous planning and preparation, doctors at SSKM Hospital performed the intricate operation. Riaz's rehabilitation journey began immediately after the surgery, with physiotherapy sessions aimed at restoring mobility and functionality to his left shoulder and arm.


Dr. Rajesh Pramanik, Head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at SSKM, explained the challenges faced in Riaz's case, emphasising the need for specialised care due to the absence of muscle tissue. Despite the hurdles, medical experts remain optimistic about Riyaaz's progress.

The introduction of advanced technology played a pivotal role in Riaz's recovery. A robotic prosthetic hand, equipped with sensors, now allows him to control movements using signals transmitted from his shoulder muscles. This innovative solution offers Riaz a level of dexterity and independence previously thought impossible.

Following the successful operation, Riaz and Dr. Rajesh expressed their gratitude to the state government for facilitating the procedure and allowing him to reclaim a sense of normalcy in his life. He is eager to resume his daily activities and hopes to inspire others facing similar challenges.

Moreover, the robotic hand comes with an extended battery life of 72 hours, ensuring continuous usage without frequent recharging. Additionally, an extra battery has been provided for convenience.

As Riaz had the complete operation successfully, he wanted to return home, but, the doctors said he would have to be monitored for a few more days with the artificial arm fitted. With his newfound mobility and independence, Riaz looks forward to resuming his daily activities and embracing life with renewed hope and optimism.

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