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Hanger Clinic patient first woman in U.S. to be fit with i-limb quantum hand

Tamarac, Fla., July 27, 2015 – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida resident Lizbeth Uzcategui recently became the first woman in the U.S. to be fit with a post-production model of the i-limb™ quantum, the newest microprocessor-controlled prosthetic hand available in the world. South Florida journalists attended Uzcategui’s final fitting appointment with her Hanger Clinic Clinician Matthew Klein CPO (L), and National Hanger Clinic Upper Extremity Specialist Alistair Gibson, CPO, LPO; following are some of the resulting news stories:

Miami Heraldhttp://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article28052569.html

WSVN-TV (FOX): http://www.wsvn.com/story/29600690/amputee-becomes-first-woman-to-receive-unique-bionic-hand

WTVJ-TV (NBC): http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Fort-Lauderdale-Woman-Fitted-With-New-Bionic-Arm-317939881.html

About Uzcategui: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. resident Lizbeth Uzcategui, 43-years-old, was born missing her right arm below the elbow and three fingers on her left hand due to Amniotic Band Syndrome, a non-genetically linked condition that restricts blood flow in the womb and affects development. Uzcategui started wearing prosthetic devices at 3-years-old and has experimented with a variety of types of prostheses, but her options were limited due to her petite size before the extra small version of the i-limb™ quantum hand.

Uzcategui provides support and encouragement for other people who are seeking to adjust to life with limb loss through Hanger Clinic’s AMPOWER program, where she is a certified peer visitor and regional coordinator. More information on AMPOWER is available here: http://www.hangerclinic.com/AMPOWER.

About the i-limb quantum: The i-limb quantum is the only upper limb prosthesis that can change grip patterns (i.e., modes for a handshake, typing on a keyboard, etc.) with a simple movement of the arm, allowing quicker and easier access to do things like drive a car, grip a coffee mug, and household chores such as folding laundry and preparing meals. The new hand also features built-in Bluetooth® connectivity that allows the hand to sync to a mobile app on a smart phone so users can make immediate adjustments.

More information on the i-limb quantum is available here: http://www.hangerclinic.com/limb-loss/adult-upper-extremity/adv-tech/Pages/i-limb-quantum.aspx.

About Hanger Clinic: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc., owns and operates 750+ patient care clinics nationwide, including 56 in Florida. 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. For more information on Hanger, visit www.Hanger.com, and for more information on Hanger Clinic, visit www.HangerClinic.com.

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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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