Nicky Wilding is hoping to compete in the Paralympics after having her hand amputated
Paralympic hopeful Nicky Wilding asked to have her hand amputated so doctors can replace it with a mind-reading bionic replacement, after a car accident left her hand effectively 'dead.'
Nicky begged for her right hand to be cut off at the wrist because it was getting in the way of her Paralympic ambitions and says a state of the art replacement will make daily and sporting life easier.
She lost the use of her hand in a car crash in 1999, which saw the nerves controlling the hand ruptured from her spinal cord, leaving it limp and searing with pain still firing from below the wrist.
The 39-year-old triathlete, who hopes to compete in the 2022 Paralympic Games, is now saving for a £62,000 bionic replacement which detects signals from the brain and translates them into motion.
The mother begged to have her hand replaced after a car accident left if effectively 'dead'
Nicky, from Croydon, south London, said: "I'm trying to raise money for the bionic hand. I'll be part cyborg.
I'm trying to raise money for the bionic hand. I'll be part cyborg
Amputee Nicky Wilding
"You have to be determined to do something like that, to get your hand amputated – and I was.
"It's about getting on with life, you can't just mope, you have to keep going and make the best of it.
"That's what I decided after the crash. I had a four-year-old at the time, and looking at those big beautiful blue eyes I thought 'there's someone looking up to you here', and just focused on the future."
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During the high speed crash on the A23 Nicky's car rolled several times destroying the nerves in her hand, forced to change career from a financial services PA to accountancy.
On one occasion when she was sleeping her hand slipped down the side of the bed and rested on a radiator. She woke up with no pain, but serious burns.
Nicky said: "My hand got in the way – I couldn't use it, it had no feeling.
Nicky hopes to compete in the 2022 Paralympic Games as a triathlete
"I had to strap it down across my chest when I was running, which is quite unnatural and makes things difficult.
"So I asked for my hand to be amputated, and I'm trying to get the money together for the bionic hand to be fitted in Austria.
"This bionic hand reads your thoughts and moves, I'll actually be able to grip with it. It will make such a difference."
She lost the use of her right hand in 1999 after the nerves were ruptured
On January 9 Nicky was joined by her family and friends for a goodbye party for the parting appendage.
She also used the event as a fundraiser for her bionic replacement, asking friends to compete in a raffle and even a competition to guess the weight of her removed hand.
Already she has raised £10,000 for the replacement after she begun an online fundraising page and has already tried out the software used to control advanced prosthetics.
Nicky added: ""And after recovery I'm focusing on qualifying for the next Paralympic games, that's the goal – dream big."