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Breckenridge man can control prosthetic arm with his brain

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Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) - An update to a story we first told you about three years ago. 

Mike Jirak had lost his arm in a truck roll-over accident. In 2011, he was fitted with a state of the art "electric arm."

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It was called the U-3 Plus. A twitch of Mike's bicep or tricep moved the hand.

Now, a new type of prosthetic is changing the life of the Breckenridge man.

After a 15 and a half hour surgery at Mayo, Mike can now control his arm, with his brain.

His brain sends signals to the nerves that are still in his arm, telling his arm or hand to move.

He's been re-habbing with the arm for a year. With a goal in mind.

Mike Jirak/Breckenridge, MN: “That was something I had to work so hard at. I would love to be able to pump my shotgun again.”

The procedure is called 'targeted muscle re-innervation' and it can now be covered by insurance.

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