Playing the violin probably is the latest hot topic in the world of prosthetics. However, we’ve come to the conclusion that If you want something in life, you can do it, whatever the circumstances be.
Take the case of Manami Ito, a Japanese who lost her right arm in a traffic accident back in November of 2004. Although Manami was studying hard to become a nurse, at that time she had to stop her dream because of the consequences of the accident.
However, thanks to advanced technology and due to the existence of some types of prosthetic arms, Manami was able to get an artificial arm. Besides that it helped her do the common tasks of picking and holding things, Manami also learned to play the violin.
In the video below, you can see Manami playing Thread by Miyuki Nakajima.
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Manami’s performance was captured by Kazushige Masuda on September 2, 2018, at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan. And all I can say is that I don’t play violin myself to professionally judge this, but after listening to this performance, my ear is so pleased and it asks for more.
Getting back to our story, after Manami got her artificial arm, she is now back to her studies again. She also likes swimming and you might assume she’s an average swimmer who takes swimming only like a hobby but in fact, Manami is a Paralympian. She got in the 4th place in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 8th at the 2012 London Paralympics. She is also the first nurse to have a prosthetic arm in Japan, and tours across the country to share her violin performances.
Thanks to prosthesis arm, Manami can grab a glass of water, pick up objects, and she’s also able to hold a pick and strum the strings the perfectly well. How inspiring is this?!