Dad Receives State-of-the-Art Bionic Hand
Father-of-two, Mark Camamile, lost his legs and right hand after contracting the blood poisoning infection septicaemia and has today been given a state-of-the-art bionic hand after a successful fundraising campaign.
On hearing the news of Mark’s amputation a colleague took the story online and after only five days had raised enough for Mark to self-fund a high-tech bebionic hand. Yesterday, the team at the LPC welcomed Mark into the clinic and began the casting and fitting process for his new prosthesis.
The multi-articulating bebionic hand, which costs £27,000, has individual motors in each finger allowing a grip movement, with microprocessors which control the position of each finger. As well as a number of different grip patterns it also has speed controls allowing users to perform delicate and robust movements.
Mark, 33, said more than 1,200 people had donated to the appeal and he thanked everyone who had given money. "It's still really surreal and not really sunk in yet. The new hand is going to let me have my independence back – I am just so grateful to everyone that's helped me."
Almost a year ago, Mark was rushed to hospital after contracting septicaemia, a potentially life-threatening blood poisoning illness. The severity of the infection meant that Mark underwent major surgery to amputate his legs and right hand, in a bid to save his life. Since the surgery, Mark has been slowly recovering and almost a year on is thrilled to be wearing his new bebionic hand.