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Bionic hand woman on her bike for first time

A woman has been able to ride a bike for the first time after being fitted with what has been described as the world's most life-like bionic hand.

Nicky Ashwell (29), from London, can now carry out tasks with both hands, but said it is the little things that surprise her most, such as being able to carry her purse at the same time as holding her boyfriend's hand.

Ms Ashwell, who was born without a right hand, had previously used a cosmetic prosthetic that she was not able to move.


Now she has been fitted with an anatomically accurate hand developed by prosthetic experts Steeper.

The hand, which weighs the same as a bar of chocolate, has small proportions that have been specifically designed with women and teenagers in mind and is built around an accurate skeletal structure.

"I've been able to do things never before possible like riding a bike and lifting weights," said Ms Ashwell, a product manager at an online fashion forecasting service.