Chloe Holmes is the youngest person in Europe to be fitted with bionic fingers. The 15-year-old schoolgirl lost her fingers to septicaemia as a toddler and has never been able to pick things up for herself. Her parents paid £38,000 for a set of bionic left digits made by Touch Bionics in Scotland. The bionic digits are controlled by electronic signals from the nerve endings in Chloe’s hand.
Chloe, from Swindon, Wiltshire, contracted streptococcal septicaemia after being struck down with chicken pox aged three-and-a-half.
She spent three months in Bristol Children’s Hospital, where her heart stopped four times and doctors feared she might not survive.
Chloe lost all the fingers on her left hand and was left with one thumb and half a finger on her right hand.
But her life has changed forever after being fitted with the bionic fingers.
Chloe is now learning basic tasks such as using a knife and fork for the first time. She said:
“Growing up has been really difficult. I can’t play sports or anything and I can’t hold things. The best thing about my new hand is that now I can hold things. It is quite difficult, but I am getting used to it. I’m looking forward to going back to school so everyone can see it.”