8-year-old Emma is a quadruple amputee living in Aberdeenshire. She lost both her legs, part of her left arm and all the fingers on her right hand to meningococcal septicaemia when she was just two years old. Emma is determined and feisty and has smashed new challenges like riding a bike. She loves watching other children like her on YouTube who have a “cool bionic hand” and on her eight birthday when shereached the lower age limit, Emma received the world's first multi-grip bionic arm for children from the Tej Kohli Foundation.
Jacob is 15 and is more conscious of his self image and wanted to feel as "near normal" as possible. Jacob also has autism and is obsessed with robots and transformers. He wanted to make a statement that he is proudly different, but also to have a functioning arm that would enable him to perform more everyday tasks. After a challenging two years Jacob deserved some good luck, and in April 2020 he received his fully-funded bionic Hero Arm from the Tej Kohli Foundation.
Jacob was born without his right arm as a result of amniotic band syndrome. All Jacob has spoken about for the past month is the Hero Arm, and his father David is “completely overwhelmed” that Jacob has been selected for a donation and claims that it will “change Jacob’s life”.