A Danish man, who lost his left hand in a firework accident, has tested a prototype bionic hand that allowed him to feel lifelike sensations.

Developed by researchers from Italy, Switzerland and Germany, the hand was tested on Dennis Aabo Sørensen, a 36-year-old property developer, who lost his hand almost ten years ago. Mr Sørensen took part in a month-long clinical trial held in Rome.

This is the first time scientists have created a prosthetic limb with real-time touch.

Mr Sørensen had an operation to place four electrodes onto nerves in his upper arm, which were connected to artificial sensors in the hand that created the sense of touch.

Imogen Wetton, a serious injury solicitor for Thompsons, said: “This exciting development could dramatically change the life of an amputee, if made commercially available.

“The technology is at an early stage of development and it could take a number of years before it comes onto the market, but it is definitely something to watch.

“From working with clients who have had a traumatic or clinical amputation, and our close working links with the Limbless Association, we understand the emotional strain of losing a limb and the devastating effect it can have on an individual’s life.

“To be able to pick up an object and feel its shape and weight, and to know how firmly you are gripping it, is something that we take for granted until those sensations are taken away from us.”