James Sides served as a Staff Sgt. in the US Marine Corps. While deployed in Afghanistan he lost his right hand attempting to defuse a bomb. James called his fiancée Amy and left a voice mail message saying he got hurt and that he would try and call back soon. While James and Amy are a normal couple they have an extraordinary love story. They never gave up. While his body was broken, his spirit was not.
James was the first recipient in the world to receive a bionic hand with the Implantable Myoelectric Sensors system created by the Alfred Mann Foundation. The IMES sensors pick up signals from his brain to move his bionic hand. “It’s like I have a hand again” he said. James was able to hold hands with Amy while he put the wedding ring on her finger, and hold both her hands in both of his.
Thanks to the Alfred Mann Foundation and its Implantable Myoelectric Sensor system, Jimmy and Amy can focus on a bright future.