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December 7th, 2012
08:52 AM ET

Actor Jon Kondelik loses four fingers, gets real-life 'Luke Skywalker' hand

Last December, Los Angeles actor Jon Kondelik suffered a major injury in a movie production accident. Four fingers on his left hand were severely burned and had to be amputated. He thought his career was over.

But this December, he is about to receive a state-of-the-art bionic finger prosthesis. Not only that, but Kondelik just finished a new movie called "The Rise of the Zombies."

Sometimes called a "Luke Skywalker" hand because of it's similarities to the one Luke got in the movie "Empire Strikes Back," it'll allow Kondelik to move his fingers with a slight flex of a muscle in his palm.

The actor comes to “Early Start” this morning along with his prosthetist, Macjulian Lang, of Advanced Arm Dynamics.

"The whole process of healing has always been an adjustment," Kondelik says. "Every day is a struggle and learning something new." He adds, "I have to figure it out."

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