A Hero Arm is helping Lisa Millns to achieve her goals. We were delighted to be able to help Lisa in her bid to get a Hero Arm by providing her with a Bader Grant.
Lisa had suffered considerably because of bullying as a result of having limb difference, and had also developed repetitive strain injury in her other arm which had been overworking to compensate. We felt that having a functional prosthetic would help her with both issues.
It seems incredibly sad that bullying people because they are “different” continues in a supposedly more enlightened age, and we admire the fact that Lisa is determined to raise awareness of the traumatic effects of bullying in a bid to stop others suffering as she did.
We’re so happy that a Hero Arm is helping Lisa Millns to show the bullies what can be achieved by people with limb difference and other disabilities, and to enable her to pursue an active life free, or certainly freer, from the pain of repetitive strain injury.
It is wonderful to see the amazing developments in the field of prosthetics and to learn at first hand how they are changing people’s lives.
Mother beaten at school for not having an arm gets superhero bionic arm
“I don’t want people to look at me as if I’m contagious.”
Last week, Lisa Millns, a mother from Coventry who was born without her left forearm, was fitted with a multi-grip bionic arm in a bid to help her heal from childhood bullying trauma.
Lisa was bullied physically and emotionally over her disability, she said: “I was put in a disabled box and felt like I was living but had no reason to be here. I was beaten at school and had stones thrown at me for having no arm.”
The 34-year-old was overwhelmed at the support shown by the public when she successfully crowdfunded £10,000 for a Hero Arm from Bristol-based robotics company Open Bionics.
Finding courage to battle through cruelty, Lisa vowed to prove bullies wrong: ‘I am now married with two children and I have just finished an MSc in Biomedical Science. I am now studying for a PGCE to become a Biology teacher.‘
While the world has been battling a global pandemic, Lisa was carrying the weight of her husband being diagnosed with Crohn’s and Colitis while adapting to the needs of her son’s autism.
Taking on all the responsibility to prove bullies wrong has come at a cost. Lisa now suffers from a repetitive strain injury on her opposite arm from overcompensating activity to undertake daily tasks as the main carer for her household. She commented ‘the funny thing is people say to me ‘but you’ve adapted’, and yes, I have, but at what cost? I have to do daily activities in excruciating pain just so I can support my family.’
Open Bionics worked with Lisa to develop and build a custom-fit bionic arm and have it fitted at their new cutting-edge clinic based in Bristol, UK. The Hero Arm uses myoelectric sensors, which detect underlying muscular contractions generated from specific muscle groups in the arm. These are then amplified and converted into intuitive and proportional bionic hand movements.
Lisa commented on her experience at the Open Bionics Clinic as ‘life-changing…I can finally give my right hand the rest it needs and offset the load by wearing a prosthesis that will help me not only with my injury but with other dual-hand activities.’
Commenting on Lisa’s bionic journey, Samantha Payne MBE, COO at Open Bionics said: ‘We want our medical devices to enable individuals to reach their goals, and we hope the Hero Arm will help Lisa reach her goals without having to compromise her health.’
Open Bionics is on a mission to support individuals like Lisa to turn their disabilities into superpowers. The company uses innovative technologies such as 3D printing and 3D scanning to ensure each Hero Arm is custom-built and bespoke to the user. Upper limb amputees interested in getting a Hero Arm at the Clinic can register to book an appointment and view full pricing here: https://openbionics.com/open-bionics-clinic/
You can watch a video interview with Lisa by clicking on the link
Congratulations, Lisa, from all at the DBF. We’re delighted to have been able to support you and so proud of what you’ve achieved.