Kewanee woman receives "bionic fingers"

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Kewanee woman receives "bionic fingers"

September 13, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM CDT

KEWANEE, Ill. -- New technology is helping a Kewanee woman do something most of us take for granted, use her fingers.

Judy Griffin lost most of her fingers in a factory accident 16 years ago.

Following that accident, Griffin spent several months recovering at home re-learning how to do things most take for granted.

However, after experiencing severe pain, doctors recommended a "bionic" device, which has only been available for a year.

"I've managed to learn how to do what I could do and now I'm going to do more,” said Griffin.

"In our bodies, every motion control creates a small muscle change in that muscle we have little sensors on top of her skin, they're not implanted, they pick up that little muscle change which sends a contraction,” said Julian Wells, CPO, Advanced Arm Dynamics.

Doctors say Griffin will still need more therapy to learn how to use the new device.

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