Bionic Hand Helps Ind. Woman Realize Dream

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Technology is helping one Indiana woman accomplish her dream of becoming a nurse.

Two years ago when Kelsey Weber lost her right hand in a car accident, she was told to abandon her nursing aspirations and find a career that would require less use of her hands.

"It made em feel like I wasn't good enough anymore, but I wanted to show them that I could still do it no matter what," she said.

Kelsey, who had just graduated from Reitz High School, chose not to give up on her dream. Her persistence has paid off.
Riverside Orthotics and Prosthetics owner Tom Whitehurst introduced Kelsey to a bionic hand that can detect muscle movements, giving her full range of motion. The hand can hold things as delicate as an egg and pick up things as heavy as 50 pounds.

"I can tie my shoes again, I can button my pants with both hands," Kelsey said. "Imagine how hard that is to button a button with just one hand."

Kelsey, who recently got married, has two years of school left until she obtains her nursing degree. The newlywed told Evansville, Indiana's WTVW that she's ready to handle anything life throws her way.

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