July 2011, Lexington, KY – Michael Waldron, whose personal story and “Pro-Digit fingers” were deemed so revolutionary and important that the “Today Show” devoted an entire segment to him, will be at the offices of Ability & Prosthetics in Lexington. Waldron will demonstrate the whole new world that his prowess with his “bionic fingers” has opened up.
The secret lies in Waldron, who has had most of a hand missing from birth, tapping into electronic impulses–via sensors– in his forearm. This miraculous new technology, which up until now has only been used by a miniscule number of Americans, enables the young college student to do all the mundane, daily tasks many of us take for granted.
On July 7, Waldron will be at the Ability offices to meet with folks from the area who, because of impairment from birth or injury, have lost the full use of their hands or arms. Together with the licensed prostheticians at Ability, those present will be able to determine the correct future medical course for them.
In addition to the “Pro-Digit fingers” there will be other modern medical marvels on display, such as powerful prosthetic devices known as “i-LIMBS,” as well as a wide variety of the latest products available in “upper limb technology,” that come from manufacturers all over the country, brought together at one time and in one place–a rare occurrence.
For example, the i-LIMB is the first prosthetic hand with five individually powered digits. It looks and functions like a real human hand and represents a generational advance in bionics. Users of myoelectric prosthetic hands quickly adapt to the system and can master the device’s new functionality within minutes. For new patients, the i-LIMB hand offers a revolutionary prosthetic solution.
These types of “clinics” provide a vital opportunity to showcase new technology to viewers or readers in a particular area who may themselves be able to benefit from this latest technology, or have a family-member or friend who could. It is also an important way to bring the latest medical advances to the attention of physical and occupational therapists who may be unaware of their existence, but whose patients could greatly benefit from them.