Aimee Copeland should receive bionic hands this week
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
This week Aimee Copeland is going
through the process to receive bionic hands.
Copeland lost her hands, left leg and right foot to rare
flesh-eating bacteria last year.
Her father Andy Copeland says she's being fitted for the
new hands in Ohio at a company called Touch Bionics.
He says she should be able to bring the hands home on Friday.
He said, "She'll be able to
utilize a lot of different functions, such as holding a glass. She'll have nine
different grasping motions with these hands. It's going to be wonderful to see
her be able to reserve as much normalcy with her life as possible."
Even though she should have new hands
soon, Andy Copeland says they're having trouble getting United Healthcare, their
insurance company, to pay for a computerized left leg.
He says he's considering asking the
state to change their insurance policies so his daughter can receive the
technology which would help her walk again.