Mum praises ‘amazing’ bionic 3D printed arm that lets her hold son’s hand

A mum has told of an "amazing" bionic arm that has let her hold her children's hands.

Amy Brown from Ashford, Kent, was full of praise for the bionic arm which has since replaced a prosthetic she had been fitted with when she was just six months old.

The mum had been born with half of one of her arms missing and was fitted with the artificial limb, but recently set up a fundraiser to get herself a 3D printed bionic arm.

Amy can now hold both of her two young boys' hands as they cross the road together, something the mum said was "amazing".

The revolutionary tech has left the mum able to grip things, give a thumbs up and hold the hands of both her children when crossing the road.

Amy has said she "used to hide herself" before raising the £10,000 for a Hero Arm, produced by Open Bionics.

The Bristol-based company produce low-cost 3D prints of artificial arms and are able to be used by anyone over the age of eight, with users controlling the bionic arm with their muscles.

Amy said: "I have to use muscles which I have never used before, which are very small, to operate the arm.

"Opening and closing I think I picked up quite quickly, but to do a thumbs up, it took me about four weeks."

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Ian Jones of Limb Solutions, said: "It's about trying to teach her to find the right wiggle of her residual limb to operate the electrodes.

"She cottoned on really quickly."

Brown has said the bionic arm is a "game changer" for her, meaning she can take her boys out for the day without having to rely on others, ITV reports.

She said: "Being able to hold both my boys' hands as we cross the road, to take them to the park without having to rely on anybody else, is just amazing."

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