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By DeMarco Morgan

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Aimee Copeland captured our hearts last Summer when she lost both her hands and legs to a flesh eating bacteria during zip line accident. But there is hope in Columbus, Ohio.

With a new set of prosthetic hands now in place, Aimee Copeland can wipe down tables, fold a towel, hang clothes, she can even flat iron her hair and do it all on her own.

The 24 year old is the first woman in the world with bilateral upper limb amputations to be fitted with the all new iLimb ultra revolution prosthetic hands. And we couldn't wait to check in on her.

The iLimb Ultra Revelation hands are the most advanced high tech hands on the market, by touch bionics, are supposed to work. We were there in Hilliard, just outside of Columbus, as Aimee learned, step-by-step, how to be even more independent with her iLimbs.

According to Georgia Tech's Robert Kistenberg, who is working with Aimee through this process, the prosthetic hands cost $100,000 each. And can even be controlled through an I-pod app using blue tooth technology. It's called biosim.

Aimee controls the prosthesis with her muscles giving her the ability to switch to different grip patterns. Success for Aimee is, now, just one grip away.

 

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