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Alternatives for a Child with Amputated Hands

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HealthWiki > Disabled Village Children > Chapter 27: Amputations > Alternatives for a Child with Amputated Hands


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simple tool and utensil holders made of cloth, leather, or plastic cuff with changeable tips
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hooks that open and close to grip (operated by movements of shoulders and back) surgery that turns the 2 bones of the forearm into pinchers rubber or wood hand, not for use but for looks instead of hooks, an artificial hand with a thumb that opens and closes against 2 fingers (expensive and may not last)



This is a grasping aid for a child whose fingers have been lost but the base of the hand and wrist joint remain.

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Child presses stump against post.
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metal bar
rubber tube around post
plastic (heat-fitted)




This page was updated:19 Jan 2018