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Former Haysville science teacher fitted for bionic arm controlled by her mind

Sondra Stieber, a retired Haysville science teacher, becomes one of the first in the nation to...
Sondra Stieber, a retired Haysville science teacher, becomes one of the first in the nation to be fitted for a bionic arm that she will control with her mind.(Ascension Via Christi)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 12:56 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A former Haysville science teacher will be one of the first in the nation to be fitted for a bionic arm that she will control with her mind.

Sondra Stieber traveled to New York City on Tuesday where she will receive the new prosthesis designed at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

The prosthetic will capture Steiber’s desired movements and “convert them into functional prosthetic arm motions. It will allow her to use the prosthesis by simply moving her arm as she naturally would have prior to her amputation,” according to Ascension Via Christi. The prosthetic will be directly connected to the bone in Steiber’s arm and controlled by nerve signals sent from her remaining muscles.

Steiber’s forearm was amputated in June 2018 after microscopic blood clots caused by a broken collarbone six months earlier cut off circulation to her left arm.

“I consider myself lucky,” said Steiber, who will be joined on the weeklong trip by her husband, two close friends and one of three Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation therapists who helped her regain her strength. “I am surrounded by brilliant, creative people who make things happen.”

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