Sunday, 17 December 2017

Ten-year-old boy to get bionic hand for Christmas



A 10-year-old boy has told Sky News he will emulate his Star Wars hero when he's given a bionic hand for Christmas.
 
Cameron Millar, from Edinburgh, who was born without a hand, has crowdfunded the £10,000 for a new 3D-printed prosthetic.


Cameron Millar
 
 
The young Star Wars fan told Sky News: "I'll feel a lot like Luke Skywalker, my Star Wars favourite character, because in one of the movies Darth Vader chopped off his hand with his lightsaber. Now he has a bionic hand, so I feel a lot like Luke Skywalker.


"I want a bionic hand so that I'm not dragging along behind. Like at school when we're doing a writing activity a lot of people are writing a lot faster than me, so sometimes I need to go back to it the next day or after break or lunchtime."


"I can't build lego as fast as other people. I can't really play the drums and I can't do my guitar."


Cameron crowdfunded the money for his bionic hand with the help of Radio Forth's 'Cash for Kids' charity. He was born without a right hand and, despite its absence, is a right-handed child.


A 10-year-old boy has told Sky News he will emulate his Star Wars hero when he's given a bionic hand for Christmas.
Cameron Millar, from Edinburgh, who was born without a hand, has crowdfunded the £10,000 for a new 3D-printed prosthetic.
 
 
The young Star Wars fan told Sky News: "I'll feel a lot like Luke Skywalker, my Star Wars favourite character, because in one of the movies Darth Vader chopped off his hand with his lightsaber. Now he has a bionic hand, so I feel a lot like Luke Skywalker.


"I want a bionic hand so that I'm not dragging along behind. Like at school when we're doing a writing activity a lot of people are writing a lot faster than me, so sometimes I need to go back to it the next day or after break or lunchtime."


"I can't build lego as fast as other people. I can't really play the drums and I can't do my guitar."


Cameron crowdfunded the money for his bionic hand with the help of Radio Forth's 'Cash for Kids' charity. He was born without a right hand and, despite its absence, is a right-handed child.


Cameron Millar



Joel Gibbard, of Open Bionics, told Sky News: "We're trying to make bionic hands affordable and accessible. It can give kids a sense of self-confidence, a sense of pride about their prosthetics, about their limb differences and make them feel better abut being unique.


"There are other bionic hands on the market at the moment but the problem is that they are not made small enough for children and they are also really, really expensive so the vast majority of people can't afford to get them and the NHS can't afford to provide them."


Eleven-year-old Tilly Lockey, from County Durham, has already had her new hand fitted.


She told Sky News: "It's really comfortable, like you don't realise you have it on. You can have it on for a really long time without it getting hot or getting tired because it's really light."





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