Chloe Holmes looks like any other normal 15-year old girl, except for the fact that she lost all her fingers to septicaemia when she was a wee toddler, and never had the ability to pick things up for herself, throw a snowball at her friends, comb her hair, unwrap presents during Christmas, you get the picture. While she didn’t have to write an eloquent letter to Mercedes, her parents managed to fork out £38,000 for a full set of bionic left digits that are controlled using electronic signals from the nerve endings in her hand.
At the moment, Chloe is on a steep learning curve as she picks up the bare basics of actions that many of us take for granted every day – including brushing one’s teeth, and using a knife and fork to cut into that delicious sizzling steak. Chloe is naturally thrilled about her new hand, where it allows her to hold things and getting back to school for her friends to “ooh” and “aah” over it.
The bionic fingers were manufactured by Touch Bionics in Scotland, and she currently holds the record of being the youngest and first person outside of the US to have such bionic fingers.