Fuller life now within the grasp of young Cornwall boy

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With his new myoelectric arm, Nickolas Bergeron is able to grasp a pen more easily and with a tighter grip. He can even write his name.

CORNWALL, Ontario - Being born a right-hand amputee hasn’t stopped Nickolas Bergeron, 11, of Cornwall, from living a full and active life.

In fact, he can do everything everyone else can do, sometimes with the help of a special device.

Nickolas is a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and, as such, is eligible to receive financial assistance with artificial limbs. He was recently fitted with a “myoelectric” artificial arm.

Myoelectric arms are battery powered and have the ability to sense muscle impulses, allowing Nickolas to open and close the hand by simply flexing the muscles in his residual limb.

Nickolas’ parents say the myoelectric arm has made a difference in his life.

“It has allowed him to grasp objects more easily and with a tighter grip, like a pen for writing," said his mom Shannon Levac. "He also loves that it looks and moves like a real hand.”

Nickolas also appreciates his new artificial limb.

“I am now able to tie my shoes a little easier and zip up my jackets as well.”

The War Amps encourages Champs to develop a positive attitude towards their amputation, and live to their full potential.

“Nickolas’ determination and zest for life is an inspiration to all,” said Danita Chisholm, executive director of the CHAMP program. “With the public’s support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service, we are happy to be able to provide young amputees like Nickolas with the tools they need to make everyday tasks a little easier.”

Organizations: Key Tag and Address Label Service

Geographic location: CORNWALL, Ontario

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