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Sheffield Nurse Returns To Work Thanks To New Bionic Prosthetic
Liz Wright with the Mobility and Specialised Rehabilitation Centre Team
A Sheffield nurse who had her arm amputated because of a genetic condition has returned to work, thanks to having a bionic hand fitted at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Liz Wright, who is now back to work as a staff nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, had the state of the art bionic arm fitted which allows her to continue working.

Liz aged 43, suffers from Madelung's deformity, a genetic condition causing pain in her arms and wrists, meaning she has had to wear plaster casts to support her arm for over 30 years.

In the last few years her condition worsened and Liz was experiencing even more pain and difficulties meaning that she could no longer continue to work.

It was at this point when Liz, along with support from specialists at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, made the brave decision to have her right arm amputated. The operation went ahead at the Northern General Hospital's Sheffield Hand Centre.

Liz's main aim was to return to the job she loved and after making an excellent recovery was back at work just 10 weeks post amputation with a cosmetic arm fitted. However Liz now found her left arm was tiring due to carrying out tasks with one hand.

Just over a month later the Trust fitted Liz with a bionic hand. The hand is anatomically accurate and designed to provide the most true-to-life movements enabling Liz to perform tasks with her prosthetic hand.

Liz Wright with Meg Birks
Dr Ramesh Munjal, Consultant in Specialised Mobility & Rehabilitation at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

"I saw Liz for a pre-amputation consultation and was really impressed with her enthusiasm to work again. Due to the severe pain and deformity resulting from her condition, I advised that she may be able to achieve this using the bionic arm after amputation."

"The bionic hand works by using sensors which are triggered by muscle movements that connect to each finger and mimics the functions of a real hand. This allows Liz to manage day to day tasks without overworking her left hand."

With the help of the Mobility and Rehabilitation Unit at the Trust, Liz returned to work as a staff nurse in the pre-operative assessment unit at the same hospital where she was treated.

Liz said:

"I can't praise the Hand Centre and Mobility & Rehabilitation unit enough for the excellent work they have done with my amputation, my bionic arm and ultimately getting me back to work which has always been my main aim."

"This has allowed me to continue in a job I am passionate about and as I am aware, I am the only working nurse with a bionic arm. It is fantastic to be back in my uniform!"

Miss Meg Birks, Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon at the Sheffield Hand Centre, which is part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

"Liz has recovered amazingly well, she is much better in herself and getting back to a life she can enjoy."



Photos: Liz Wright with Dr Ramesh Munjal Dr Ramesh Munjal, Consultant in Specialised Mobility & Rehabilitation and the Mobility and Rehabilitation team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Liz Wright with Miss Meg Birks, Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon at the Sheffield Hand Centre, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Nurse Returns To Work Thanks To New Bionic Prosthetic, 14th February 2017, 12:50 PM