The world’s first trial of 3D printed bionic hands for children is starting this week, led by Bristol-based company, Open Bionics.
It's the first NHS clinical trial for multi-grip hands for children as young as eight. The hands used in the trial will be the smallest ever fitted that offer multi-grip functionality, meaning they can do a lot more than just open and close.
12 year old Tilly Lockey lost her hands to meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia when she was 15 months old and she was later fitted with a bionic hand made by Open Bionics. Tilly’s parents, Sarah and Adam Lockey are Ambassadors for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) and they described the bionic hands as “…well made, stylish and make kids feel really cool”.