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Bionic arm helps quadruple amputee bond with son

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 19, 2019 13:09

Bionic arm helps quadruple amputee bond with son

26-year-old Danny Florence lost an arm and both his legs when he was just 5 years old, but he was fitted with a new bionic arm opening up “a whole world of different things”.Florence, who lost his limbs due septicaemia caused by meningitis, recently became a new father and said that having a son was the inspiration for getting the new arm fitted.

“When I had my little boy, I realised there was a lot I couldn’t do. So that that led me to to actually do something about it,” he said.According to manufacturer Open Bionics the “Hero Arm” is billed as the world’s first multi-grip bionic arm and is available for both adults and children as young as 8-years-old.The arm is custom-made in Bristol, England using technologies including 3D printing and 3D scanning.

The outer shell can be custom-made to the wearer’s liking with different colours and patterns worked into the design.Open Bionics says while every arm is unique and different, the cost for the device and fitting is typically half the price of their nearest competitors. It is covered by healthcare systems in major western countries, such as the UK, U.S., Germany and France.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 19, 2019 13:09

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