Go Go Gadget Hand!
The 27-year-old guitarist in popular indie band The Long Blondes hopes to play again despite suffering a stroke, thanks to cutting-edge medical technology. Dorian Cox is currently unable to play his instrument after being left paralysed down the right side of his body.
But the musician is now undergoing neurological physiotherapy – including training sessions with a “revolutionary” mechanical glove – and is optimistic about regaining movement in his right hand.
The device, called a SaeboFlex, can benefit patients by supporting their wrists and helping them grasp and release objects. “It’s a fantastic service, it’s helping tremendously and I think it can work wonders for me and others – it’s almost like a gym for my hand,” Mr Cox, from York, said.
“I know things might never be the same again and nobody can give me a definite answer about whether I’ll play guitar again but I’m getting back on track with their help.”
Mr Cox suffered the stroke in a hotel room the day after the five-piece Sheffield band returned from a successful tour of the US in June this year, forcing him to confront the prospect of never playing guitar again. “It was so strange because it came out of the blue and when I was told I thought ‘I’m too young for this’,” he said.
“It was difficult to take in because I thought strokes only happened in older people and I’d always been in pretty good health. My right arm and leg aren’t really usable so I can’t play guitar. That was a nightmare because it meant the band couldn’t carry on and my livelihood had suddenly gone. But it could have been a lot worse.”