Hoover teen fitted with high-tech hand after accident

Hoover teen fitted with high-tech hand after accident

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Haley smiles big while she gets fitted with her new "hand." Source: Alan Collins Haley smiles big while she gets fitted with her new "hand." Source: Alan Collins
Haley tries out her high-tech hand. Source: Alan Collins Haley tries out her high-tech hand. Source: Alan Collins
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A 16-year-old Hoover girl gets a new chance at resuming a normal life after a car accident cost her all of her fingers but her thumb on her right hand.

Haley Higdon's accident happened in January, changing her life forever. Today Haley is wearing a $95,000 computerized prosthetic hand. Haley was a softball player at Hoover High School and she has been surprised at the way her new hand operates.

"I picked up stuff with it. I picked up a ball and I picked up a cup and I grabbed somebody's nose," she laughs.

This was all made possible by the Hanger Clinic, which installed the device, and the women's rotary group the Inner Wheel, which raises money to pay for electronic prosthetics for children and young adults.

"We had no idea how much control she would have or anything but when she put it on and we turned it on it moved. Both her and her mom both squealed," Randy Roberson with the Hanger Clinic, said.

Haley was wearing a cosmetic glove over her hand before this device. She will wear another glove in the future but it won't be as detailed as the first.

Haley's mother is thankful the Inner Wheel's work is giving her daughter a chance to resume a normal life again.

"I was amazed. When I first saw it I was like I had no words. I posted videos on my Facebook page. I was totally amazed," Judie Cummings said.

Haley is also grateful.

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