Charles Soitabao Kango
After a day at work on January 7th, Charles Soitabao Kango caught his regular bus from Nairobi back to his village home 40 minutes away. This time the journey wasn’t completed, as Charles explains:
“As we were going uphill, the bus began to wobble on the road before turning over. My arm was trapped between the tarmac and the bus and I was dragged along, screaming. The bone in my arm was ground down to nothing between my elbow and wrist, whilst my hand was severely crushed.”
Charles was then rushed to hospital where he was advised that an amputation was the best course of action. Just 15 training hours from receiving his commercial pilot’s licence, Charles knew his life had taken a devastating blow but he was determined to bounce back.
“I remember looking down and realising that my life had changed but friends told me about the bebionic hand and I got in touch as soon as I could.”
Now, using the most advanced myo-electric bebionic3 hand with its ‘‘robot-like” appearance, Charles can complete all sorts of tasks:
“Having a bebionic hand is a real lifeline. In the last two weeks I have done lots of training to get the full benefit of the technology. Already, I can do things I didn’t think would be possible again, like picking things up, shaking hands, pushing a trolley, and using a mouse.
“I am working closely with the specialists and there is much more I can achieve. There is even a chance that I can resume my training and fly again but I’m keeping my options open.”
Charles, who describes himself as ‘40% Masai Warrior,’ will soon be returning home to his friends and family in a village where he is already known as “The Terminator”. From there, he wants to play his part in helping others in similar circumstances:
“Being an amputee can be tough and I want to show love and support to anyone who is going through what I have gone through.”