The Life Changing Reality of Bionic Limbs: Background information when reading Noor

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by Nnedi Okorafor

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Noor by Nnedi  Okorafor
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The Life Changing Reality of Bionic Limbs

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Bionic arm on a table beside the realistic prosthetic hand that will cover itThe protagonist of Nnedi Okorafor's novel Noor has undergone a number of procedures and augmentations to reduce her physical discomfort and improve her standard of living. Born with missing and deformed limbs, and injured years later in a car accident, being fitted with sophisticated bionic limbs grants her the strength — both physical and mental — that she was denied by circumstance during her youth. Though the book is set in the future, and thus employs some creative liberties, the technology being discussed by the author is based firmly in very real scientific and medical practices taking place now.

More than one million limb amputations are performed globally each year. In total, an estimated 2.2 million Americans are currently living with limb loss (a figure that some estimate could double by 2050). In the US, the main causes are vascular diseases (in particular diabetes), which account for 54% of overall cases (and the majority of lower limb amputations), with ...

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