It took Bryden Zaloum a while to find the perfect prosthetic hand. In fact, achieving the right balance between comfort and functionality eluded him for more than three decades – until he discovered the TASKA Hand.
For the first 30-odd years after his amputation, Bryden used a body powered prosthetic ‘claw’, starting out with a double cross-over harness before moving to a silicone liner which suctioned to his residual limb. While the claw was strong and simple to use, it placed huge strain on his back, shoulders and neck, eventually becoming completely untenable.
He then moved to a rudimentary myoelectric limb, which alleviated his comfort issues, but came with its own set of problems. This stiff, ill-fitting hand wasn’t waterproof, and featured a software interface which was only supported on Apple devices. As an Android user, this meant he had to carry an extra device with him if he wanted to adjust settings and grips when not at home.
Totally frustrated, he eventually stopped wearing prosthetics altogether. Then he was introduced to the TASKA Hand.
For Bryden, the difference was night and day. “There’s simply no other myoelectric hand on the market that can do what it does”, he says. “It’s waterproof and flexible, it’s stronger, and it’s backed by user-friendly software and support from a company that wants to keep making it better.”
The flexibility of the fingers on the TASKA Hand has been hugely beneficial for Bryden, who relishes his new-found ability to complete everyday tasks like getting dressed, using utensils, mowing the lawns, and shaking hands.
It’s also had a huge impact on his confidence and his social interactions. “In the past, I’ve had people react with everything from pity and caution to sheer embarrassment and even a little fear. But, with the TASKA Hand, I’ve only experienced wonder, excitement and interest – people no longer hesitate to shake hands or ask questions. I now feel completely comfortable going out, and am no longer conscious of the fact I’m missing a hand.”
Today, Bryden is free from the debilitating back, shoulder and neck pain which haunted him for so long, and is busy making the most of the freedom and independence he now enjoys with the TASKA Hand – he’s even restoring a classic car!
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