KANSAS CITY NORTH -- A Northland woman who lost her high-tech prosthetic arm to a thief now has new hope of getting her bionic limb replaced.
A prosthetic clinic in Overland Park is offering to design a new prosthesis for the mother of five.
Advanced Arm Dynamics specializes in upper limb prosthetics. And after the clinic learned that a crook stole a prosthetic arm valued at nearly $130,000, experts have offered to donate their time to help replace it.
"For someone who has the heart and the desire to utilize their prosthesis, to go back to work and take care of their family, it’s the least I can do to donate my time and some materials," said Julian Wells, clinical manager. "We'll take the components we are able to get and get her back going."
The last week hasn't been easy for 29-year-old Martha Carmona. She's had to prepare meals for her children with only one arm. Even routine tasks like washing dishes have suddenly become a challenge.
FOX 4 reported last week that a thief stole her bionic limb and her purse from the family's minivan parked in the driveway overnight.
Although police have no leads in the case, the clinic's offer is helping to boost Carmona's spirits.
"Oh wow, I left that office almost crying, ecstatic, happy overwhelmed," Carmona said. "Wow! There’s hope, and I know there’s a lot of good people out there. I know that."
The clinic will donate its time to design and properly fit a new prosthetic arm. They will also try to get discounted parts and batteries for the functional limb. Replacing the hand may prove to be the biggest hurdle. That costs $50,000 alone, and Carmona is going to have to pay at least some portion of that cost.
Carmona says FOX 4 viewers have been generous in donating money to help replace her bionic arm.
She's also being promoted to 30 hours a week at work, which soon will make her eligible for health insurance again.