Special bionic fingers for 15-year-old UK schoolgirl

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A 15-year-old schoolgirl from Swindon has become the youngest person in Europe to be fitted with bionic fingers.

Chloe lost her fingers after getting a life-threatening illness called septicaemia as a toddler.

She used to wear an artificial rubber hand, but now has a new hi-tech one that cost her family £38,000.

Chloe said of her new body part: "I didn't think it would move as well as it does."

The bionic fingers work thanks to sensors inside the glove that react to movements in her arm.

Fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Chloe from Swindon is the youngest person in Europe to have bionic fingers fitted
Chloe's bionic fingers were built by a company in Scotland

She found that life with her old rubber hand was difficult: "It didn't move so it was quite frustrating.

"Not a day would go by without tears coming... 'cause I couldn't really do a lot.

"People used to stare when I walked down the corridor and then start shouting out things... not very nice."

Her dad Pete said it's amazing what Chloe can now do with her new hand.

He added: "We'd go out as a family and people would stare for the wrong reasons - they stare now in amazement."