An amputee has experienced feeling through a bionic hand thanks to an international team of scientists.
After losing her hand in an accident over 25 years ago, Almerina Mascarello recently trialed the first portable bionic hand with a sense of touch.
The same team produced the world's first feeling bionic hand back in 2014 but the technology is now small enough to be carried.
Previously, the sensory and computer equipment which the bionic hand is linked to was too large to leave the laboratory but it can now fit in a rucksack.
The prosthetic hand is able to detect the texture of an object through sensors that are linked to the computer which convert the messages into a language the brain can understand.
Tiny electrodes are implanted into the nerves in the upper arm which carry the signal to the brain of the amputee.
Richard Edwards, senior personal injury solicitor at Potter Rees Dolan, said:
This is a fascinating and very exciting development in prosthetic technology. I look forward to hearing more news of this product which would appear to bring significant benefits to upper limb amputees.
Prosthetics that produce sensation represent a huge breakthrough and I hope to see them readily available in the market in the very near future.
Richard is Group Secretary of ACSIL the Amputation Charity and has dealt with many clients who have had a limb amputated. He also appeared on Radio 5 Live where he commented on the dangers of the recycling industry.
Richard Edwards is a senior personal injury solicitor with Potter Rees Dolan. Should you have any queries about amputation injuries or any other personal injury issues and wish to speak to Richard or any other member of the team please contact us on 0161 237 5888 or email Richard through the contact form here.