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Prosthetic hands allows amputees to use five fingers

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Eavenson is now able to hold a bottle of water, tie his shoes and cut his own food.   Source: WLBT Eavenson is now able to hold a bottle of water, tie his shoes and cut his own food. Source: WLBT
The bionic hand costs anywhere from 80 to 100 thousand dollars.   Source: WLBT The bionic hand costs anywhere from 80 to 100 thousand dollars. Source: WLBT
"You kind of lose your self esteem and this helps boost your self esteem because you feel like you can do stuff again.    Source: WLBT "You kind of lose your self esteem and this helps boost your self esteem because you feel like you can do stuff again. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

I-limb, it's a new technology that's changing the world for amputees. The prosthetic hand allows for full mobility.

Unlike older prosthetic hands that only allow amputees to open and close their hands, patients now have the opportunity to use all five fingers functioning like never before.

To Leasa Thompson using fine motor skills seemed impossible. A cell phone video of shows Thompson achieving what she considered the unthinkable.

"It's one of those little Gerber puffs and I was picking it up," said Thompson. "It's very tiny. I was picking it up from off the chair and feeding it to my little nephew and putting it in his mouth."

Because of the new i-limb prosthetic hand, Thompson and other patients like Roy Eavenson are now once again able to use all five fingers. The Bionic hand works through sensors attached to the forearm muscles.

"Like hold this microphone," said Thompson. "You kind of lose your self esteem and this helps boost your self esteem because you feel like you can do stuff again. I mean, it makes a tremendous difference."

"Learning how to eat with it and put your clothes on," said Roy Eavenson.

Eavenson is now able to hold a bottle of water, tie his shoes and cut his own food. The bionic hand costs anywhere from 80 to 100 thousand dollars.

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