Wednesday 11 December 2019

Bionic arms have changed my life, says Katie (23)

Katie O'Halloran
Katie O'Halloran

Caroline Crawford

A YOUNG woman who received bionic arms after years of fundraising has told how she feels overwhelmed when she sees herself with the new limbs.

Katie O'Halloran (23), who was born with Femur Fibula Ulna Syndrome, leaving her without arms, said she has been enjoying a range of new experiences since getting her new limbs earlier this year.

"It's a really big adjustment for me. I have my good days and bad days but then I just get excited about how much progress I'm making," she said.

"The first thing I picked up was a pen. I was able to write my name for the first time and I could write it with both hands," she said.

Using her newfound independence to switch on the Christmas lights in Galway last night, Katie said she was still getting used to seeing herself with arms. The young law graduate returned home from the US with her new limbs last month and has been practising her control ever since.

"Adapting to life with arms has been more difficult than I thought. It's really overwhelming. I've had to learn to walk with them and learn how to hold their weight.

"I had to get used to seeing myself with arms. For 23 years I've lived without them," she added.

The Katie Born to Run fund brought in a massive €438,478 to provide her new limbs.

Irish Independent

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