Maimed artist can have operation on her fingers
THE talented Russian artist who had her fingers hacked off by a violent burglar will be assessed by orthopaedic specialists in Cappagh Hospital over the coming days.
Alexandra Trotsenko (39) cannot even use a pen after a savage attack in which she had the fingers of her right hand severed.
She was in her Finglas apartment in 2009 when she was attacked and left for dead by burglar James Kenny, who has since been sentenced to 16 years in prison.
When the public heard of her plight they donated more than €80,000 to a collection and a special art auction organised by Joe Duffy's Liveline programme.
"I have been in Cappagh Hospital a few times, but my prosthetic option was put on hold because I couldn't afford it," Alexandra said.
"But with the great and kind help of the Irish people I can now have it done in 2012."
Alexandra's next appointment is in mid- January. "The type of prosthesis I am going to have is more cosmetic than functional, but it will give extension for my fingers, a better grip and a complete image for my hand," she said.
"Despite regular exercises and massages my hand muscles are getting tighter and less flexible, but I need to keep my muscles strong.
"I can't bend the middle finger on my right hand unless I use the help of my left hand, at the moment there is no motion in my index finger," she added.
Alexandra is also excited about advancing "smart-motor" technology and bio-options, such as stem-cell research to grow body parts, that may help her in the future.
Alexandra has now published a book to raise funds for the Mater Hospital, whose staff saved her life. A Little Mouse And An Owl, illustrated before the attack, is now for sale in Hughes & Hughes in the Dundrum Town Centre priced at €5, with all the money going to the charity.