Nicky Ashwell is now able to pursue more fitness activities thanks to the fitting of the bebionic small hand
Nicky Ashwell, 29, is a congenital amputee from London, who was born without a right hand. She became the first user in the UK of the recently launched the bebionic small hand when it was fitted at the London Prosthetics Center.
Previously, she had relied on cosmetic hands that provided no functionality. However, the Centre says that the bebionic small hand now allows her to ride a bicycle, grip weights with both hands, use cutlery, and open her purse thanks to the technology that uses sensors to detect muscle impulses in her stump and by means of microprocessors turns these into commands that operate the fingers.
“When I first tried the bebionic small hand it was an exciting and strange feeling; it immediately opened up so many more possibilities for me,” says Ashwell. “I realized that I had been making life challenging for myself when I didn’t need to. The movements now come easily and look natural; I keep finding myself being surprised by the little things, like being able to carry my purse while holding my boyfriend’s hand. I’ve also been able to do things never before possible like riding a bike and lifting weights.”