Kate Jorgenson working with Therapist Jennifer Peterson
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Kate Jorgenson

Above the Elbow Amputee

In 2013, 11-year-old Kate Jorgenson was doing chores on her family’s farm when her ATV rolled over and her left arm was severed. Initially, her limb was reattached, but blood clots and infection set in and her arm had to be amputated above the elbow. In 2014, Kate had targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery to rewire nerves into the muscles of her residual limb and increase the amount of muscle signals that would operate her prosthetic arm. She now wears a custom TMR prosthesis.
  • Myoelectric prosthesis with a Variplus Speed hand, rotator and DynamicArm + from Otto Bock.  She utilizes 6 electrodes to control all components of the arm. Her socket is an adjustable socket specially designed for Kate

Kate's Fate: One Family's Fight for Fairness

inMotion Magazine
October 12, 2016
To be the youngest person to have targeted muscle reinnervation, I think it’s kinda cool and I hope that I can encourage more people that are like me to get it.