Woman Who Lost Hands To Flesh-Eating Disease Receives Bionic Hands From Hilliard Company

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A woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with bionic hands made in Hilliard, Ohio.

Aimee Copeland, 25, is again able to do things that most people take for granted - wipe down tables, fold a towel and pick up a glass.

"It feels amazing," Copeland said. "You know, with the other arms that I had, they really didn't feel like an extension of my body. This just feels very free. It's more light weight. It seems like this could be my actual hand."

The hands are being called the most advanced on the market.

They are created by Touch Bionics, located on Mill Run Drive.

Copeland controls the prosthesis with her muscles, giving her the ability to switch to different grip patterns.

"So, if she wants to use one hand in an index point mode and one hand in the lateral mode and one hand in a lateral key grip, one for the trigger on a spray bottle, she can configure these hands and tell them that's how she wants them to operate," said Robert Kistenberg of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The hands can even be conformed through an iPod app using Bluetooth technology. Each hand cost $100,000.

Copeland is the first woman in the world to be fitted with the hands.

She contracted a rare infection called necrotizing fasciitis in May 2012 after falling from a zip line and gashing her leg. She spent two months at the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation clinic in Atlanta, learning to move, eat and bathe without prosthetics.
Copeland's father recorded videos of her using the hands to pick up a potato chip and cut a cucumber.

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