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Amputee Back to Work Thanks to Dorset Company


7:37am 30th January 2013

A man who lost his hand in a skiing accident has been given a new lease of life thanks to technology developed by a Dorset company.

58 year old Christopher Taylor has been fitted with a prosthetic hand by Dorset Orthopaedic.

It's the first  'Bionic' Michelangelo Hand from Ottobock Healthcare to be fitted in the UK.

Christopher lost his right hand in a jet-ski accident in August 2009. On You-Tube, he watched development of the ground-breaking Michelangelo Hand, created by prosthetic and orthotic innovators Ottobock and chose it because it offers never-before-seen complex gripping kinematics, positioned using muscle signals.

As a self-employed lifting equipment engineer, Christopher regularly climbs ladders and works atop industrial buildings and cranes.  The unique four movable fingers and a thumb that can be independently positioned using muscle signals, will allow Christopher to continue working safely.

During the trials, Chris quickly and easily mastered control of the prosthetic hand by using natural muscle movement and contraction in the remaining part of his arm. He said, "the more I use it the better I get at controlling it."

He enjoys watching the life-like movements of the hand. "The fingers move in line like a natural hand and I particularly like the way I can very quickly change the type of grip needed for a variety of everyday tasks, as easily as moving my remaining good hand."

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