Earlier this year, we fitted Tanisha with a Hero Arm, and while she loved the look and feel of her new bionic arm, she wasted no time putting it to good use.
Here is what happened at her Hero Arm delivery appointment.
I’m Tanisha and I was born without a right arm. I haven’t really noticed a difference growing up, as most things I can get around doing with one hand. Having a limb difference has never stopped me, I like to go with the flow and try everything – I’ve even tried doing handstands in the past.
I was super happy. And I’m really excited to take it home and use it. It’s one of the coolest designs I’ve seen.
It doesn’t look like any other prosthetic arm I’ve seen – I love that it’s not trying to look like a real arm. You can clearly see how it works and the difference each part makes to the function of the arm. I’ve worn prosthetic arms before and they can be quite restrictive – you have to really physically move to get the prosthesis to create a movement. With the Hero Arm, there are more options: you can rotate the wrist and have more grip options. Even with the extra functionality, the Hero Arm is lightweight and comfortable, which is the biggest difference, I think.
I love trying new things, and being able to do dual-hand activities has always appealed to me. Usually I have my sleeve covering my limb difference, but with the Hero Arm, I definitely feel more confident wearing it and I know I won’t want to cover it.
I’m so excited to try everything! From little things like picking up my bag to drawing, and even taking selfies!
The Hero Arm uses myoelectric sensors which detect underlying muscular contractions generated from specific muscle groups in the arm. These are then amplified and converted into intuitive and proportional bionic hand movements.