Tallinn Children's Hospital buys robotic hand for paralysis therapy

Robotic hands.
Robotic hands. Source: ERR

From Thursday, August 7, Tallinn Children's Hospital (Tallinna Lastehaigla) plays host to Estonia's first robotic hand for use in therapy for children with paralysis of one side of the body.

The robotic hand consists of a machine which the child moves, with a computer game running on the screen. The length of the therapy session is about half an hour, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported Thursday evening.

An adult-sized robot has also been provided for the same ward, which bigger children can use. The €120,000 needed to purchase the robot was raised via the help of donors.

The head of Tallinn Children's Hospital's Support Fund, Inna Karmer, said that the robotic hand was dreamt up nine yearsago, when a walking robot was first donated to the hospital, also with the support of donors.

The robotic hand helps the hospital to train the children with neurological diseases and traumas. "In order for it to be innovative and interesting for children, it also comes with fun interactive games, so that the child doesn't really notice the hard work," Kramer added.


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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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