The teenager with a Mercedes hand: Car firm grants £35,000 wish for disabled boy

There must be many a young boy who dreams of one day owning a Mercedes.

Formula One fan Matthew James, however, had a more specific ambition. He wanted the car company to help build him a new bionic hand.

Now, thanks to determination and a healthy dose of cheek, the 14-year-old has had his wish granted.

Matthew, who was born without his left hand, put his plan into action by writing to Ross Brawn, boss of F1 team Mercedes GP Petronas, asking for £35,000 to pay for a top-of-the range artificial one.

In return, the schoolboy said he would let the company sponsor the hand by putting the Mercedes logo on it – just like the adverts on F1 cars.

Rather than being put off by the precocious advance, Mercedes was touched by Matthew’s ‘intelligent and moving letter’ and agreed to help him raise the money he needed.

It also teamed up with prosthetics specialists Touch Bionics to create a customised i-LIMB Pulse – the most advanced technology of its type in the world.

The hand – strong enough to hold a 14-stone load – is also so versatile that Matthew can grip a pen to draw pictures and write, tie his shoe laces and catch a ball.

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