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Chef explains why losing hand in accident helped his career

By Mason White 3:23 PM January 8, 2014
Eduardo Garcia 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) Losing a limb is devastating, but one chef said that losing his arm helps him in the kitchen.

Chef Eduardo Garcia, 32, of Portland, Oregon, lost his left hand in a freak hunting accident.

He could have had every excuse to stop working and wallow in self-pity. However, Garcia, is a true hero as he went back into the kitchen.

The chef was equipped with a bionic hand, which can grip 25 different ways and is controlled by his forearm.

Although he cannot work as fast as he used to, Garcia is learning to use the bionic hand for cooking. He said that there are definitely some advantages.

“I have superpowers. I can grab things out of an oven and not get burned, I don’t have to worry about cutting my fingers, and I am Rocking it!” Garcia said.

The incident began when Garcia was out hunting and found a dead bear. He pulled out his knife and began cutting it open.

Little did he know that there was a live wire under the bear, which shocked Garcia with 2,400 volts of electricity.

Garcia spent 48 days in an intensive care unit.

Just five days after leaving the hospital, he was back in the kitchen to cook a meal for a group of friends.

“It took a long time, but I did it,” he said proudly.

Garcia admits that he had an embarrassing moment with his new arm. He was at a Costco store when he picked up a box of 100 limes with his bionic arm.

“I did not feel the claw losing control, and there were 100 limes all over the floor. I had to laugh. It was humiliating. I just had to get over it,” Garcia said.

He realized the prosthesis was not designed to handle such heavy weights.