Illinois woman gets bionic fingers 16 years after losing her own

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MOLINE, Illinois (KWQC) -- Judy Griffin hasn't been able open and close her fingers for 16 years.

Now she can thanks to new advanced prosthetics.

"It's been cool, it's been really great!" she says of her new electronic fingers.

She lost seven fingers while operating a press machine at work.

"The next thing I knew, my hands felt so heavy, I turned around, and I looked at my hands, it looked like hamburger," she says, "My husband told me about five or six years after the accident, they almost lost me that night."

She learned how to live without her fingers, until she recently developed extreme pain.

"She initially presented with multiple amputations but was also developing overuse syndromes in arthritis from overusing the remaining fingers," Dr. Thomas VonGillern of Ora Orthopedics says.

So her doctors recommended new electronic prosthetic fingers.

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