i-Limb inventor up for prestigious award

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A HEALTH worker has earned international praise for his innovative work in the field of prosthetic limbs.

David Gow, head of the Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre at NHS Lothian, has been named a finalist in the European Inventor Award for creating the i-Limb ultra revolution, a state-of-the-art prosthetic hand.

The innovative design allows the wearer to move ­individual fingers and perform 24 ­different grips either by muscle movement or via a smartphone app.

The i-Limb ultra revolution is sold by Livingston-based firm, Touch Bionics.

Mr Gow said: “It is a great honour to be nominated for this prestigous award and NHS Lothian and Scotland are at the heart of leading edge technology in this field.”

The winner will be announced on May 28.