Sunday, February 15, 2009

Amputees receive prosthetics through Limbs of Love program

From the Champion Sun:

A grandmother, beauty pageant competitor and a high school cheerleader met up in Northwest Houston Feb. 13. All three of them experienced events that resulted in the necessity of an amputation, and none could incur the expense of an expensive prosthesis. But through the Limbs of Love program, each was the recipient of state-of-the-art prosthetic limbs.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

In New Procedure, Artificial Arm Listens to Brain

From the New York Times:

Amanda Kitts lost her left arm in a car accident three years ago, but these days she plays football with her 12-year-old son, and changes diapers and bearhugs children at the three Kiddie Cottage day care centers she owns in Knoxville, Tenn.

Ms. Kitts, 40, does this all with a new kind of artificial arm that moves more easily than other devices and that she can control by using only her thoughts.

“I’m able to move my hand, wrist and elbow all at the same time,” she said. “You think, and then your muscles move.”

Her turnaround is the result of a new procedure that is attracting increasing attention because it allows people to move prosthetic arms more automatically than ever before, simply by using rewired nerves and their brains.