Getting A Grip

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 3:27pm

Teen adjusts to new bionic hand.

Paige Edwards has never been the type to turn away from any task.

"I'm not one of those people who likes to be held back," she says.

So she never let the fact that she was born without the fingers on her right hand hold her back.

"I was born that way so I adapted to it," Paige explains.

Now she's re-adapting: practicing everyday tasks many of us take for granted, like folding laundry and pouring a drink, with the help of her new bionic fingers.

The electronic hand is battery operated.

She controls the motions and the grips using sensors inside.

"It was something I dreamed about but I never thought it would happen in my lifetime," Paige says.

Paige's mom discovered the Pro-Digits from Touch Bionics while watching a segment on the Today Show a few months ago.

Mother and daughter still get emotional watching the replay.

"Just being able to see her use two hands on different tasks is encouraging and exciting for our whole family," says Janine Edwards.

Paige works with one of the occupational therapists at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady to get more comfortable with her new hand.

"We're working on bilateral hand tasks, using the upper right extremity more as a functional hand versus a passive hand," said therapist Rebecca Carson.
 

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