Pa. woman is among the first to get thought-controlled device

12/19/2012 | Baltimore Sun, The

Fourteen years after her right arm was amputated above the elbow, Dana Burke will soon receive her new thought-controlled prosthetic limb from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Contrary to researchers’ expectations, Burke did not need additional surgery to operate the device since the surgeon who performed the amputation had reattached loose nerves to the residual muscle, a practice that may become more widespread. "This is a game-changer for all trauma surgeons," said Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Albert Chi, who has been working with scientists and patients on the technology.

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