Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand to feature sense touch, acting as the most life-like ‘replacement’ for a lost hand ever designed. Sensory technology is embedded into the hand, and the power and intelligence it is small enough to fit into a back pack. The prosthetic hand detects information from an object and then relays it through electrodes that are implanted in nerves. This is an extraordinary development and I am excited for all the people who may soon benefit from the use of one or even two hands again.
Many of our own members who have had Polio and now have Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), would benefit from such improved mobility and dexterity in one or both hands; however, in most cases, they have not totally lost their hand or arm, but have lost much or all of the usual hand function, as a result of being struck by the Polio virus earlier in their life.
There are over 120,000 people in the United Kingdom with Post Polio Syndrome and an estimated 40,000,000 worldwide who may be affected by the time Polio is eradicated. Many of these people – and those with other neurological conditions – would benefit from a version of this bionic hand that fits over their existing hand, restoring function. The British Polio Fellowship continues to raise awareness and offer support to those who are affected by PPS. If you want more information, contact the British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935 or visit www.britishpolio.org.uk
National Chairman, The British Polio Fellowship