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Hanger Clinic partners with non-profit to provide teenager with computerized prosthetic hand

Birmingham, Ala., January 23, 2013 – Haley Higdon, 16, recently received a microprocessor-controlled prosthetic hand from certified prosthetist Bill Limehouse, a specialist with Hanger Clinic’s National Upper Extremity Prosthetic Program, in conjunction with Birmingham, Alabama-based prosthetic clinician Randy Roberson. This is Higdon’s first prosthesis with functioning fingers; a hand made financially possible by Inner Wheel, a non-profit organization that helps provide computerized prosthetic arms to pediatric and young adult amputees, and the team at Hanger Clinic in Birmingham. 

Last year Higdon was involved in a car accident that resulted in the loss of all her fingers on her right hand, with the exception of her thumb. Higdon, who is right handed, received a cosmetic hand shortly after the accident that provided the appearance of a second hand, but didn’t provide much function. She learned to adapt to living with one functioning hand, but still found it difficult to complete everyday tasks such as grasping small objects and getting dressed in the morning. Higdon is looking forward to using her new hand to help her with these types of everyday tasks and also help her at her job where she works at a retirement home in the dining room.

Higdon’s new device is a technologically-advanced microprocessor-controlled myoelectric hand. This type of prosthesis will allow Higdon to control her prosthetic hand simply by contracting the muscles in her residual limb. Muscle activity generates EMG signals that will be read by sensors within her prosthetic socket and will activate the motors in her prosthetic hand accordingly.

Local media outlets were present when Higdon received the new hand. Following are the resulting news stories:
WVTM-TV (NBC): 16-year-old receives computerized prosthetic hand
WIAT-TV (CBS): Teen receives robotic hand
WBRC-TV (FOX): Hoover teen fitted with high-tech hand after accident
WBMA-TV (ABC): 16-year-old Hoover high student gets new "grasp" on life

About Hanger: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc. (NYSE: HGR), owns and operates 15 patient care clinics in Alabama and 700+ nationwide. The certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. After a six-month celebration of its 150th anniversary, on February 1, 2012 Hanger unveiled a comprehensive new brand identity to position the company for the future. The new brand includes renaming the parent company from Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to “Hanger, Inc.”, and referring to the patient care business as “Hanger Clinic” (formerly Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics). For more information on Hanger and the new brand, visit www.hanger.com, and follow us at www.Facebook.com/HangerNews and www.Twitter.com/HangerNews.

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Jennifer Bittner, Hanger, Inc.
512-777-3730, jbittner@hanger.com 

Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.
904-249-0314, kburket@hanger.com 

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