Hero policeman to become Malta’s first ‘Robocop’

A heroic police officer who lost a limb in a shocking hit and run incident is to become Malta’s first ‘Robocop’.

PC Simon Schembri is to be fitted with a hi-tech artificial arm and bionic hand.

The traffic cop from Paola had his right arm amputated from below the elbow last month after a horrific hit and run incident in Luqa.

He will become the first patient at the new Prosthetics Unit at St Luke’s Hospital in Gwardamangia.

Malta’s health minister Chris Fearne officially opened the state-of-the-art facility on Friday morning.

He said: ‘This unit will not only offer a much nicer environment but also a better service to patients.

‘Certain prosthetic manufacturing which had to be done abroad can now be done here, every day.

‘The high demand for prosthetics in Malta is related to the high rate of diabetes, which we are fighting to lower.’

Dr Fearne said he expected the unit would serve as many as 15,000 patients.

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