Rachel: Why do you think it’s so important to retain upper limb function?
Klaus Schmeirer, Neurologist: We’ve asked that, people with the condition, and in fact they would rate their upper limb function higher than their legs. And when you think about it, it’s kind of so obvious because what really maintains your independence is your hand function. If you even only have one hand, you can do so many things: you can brush your teeth, you can operate an electric wheelchair, you can hold a cup and eat, feed, do all sorts of things, I mean groom, etc. And once that’s gone then you become really dependent and it becomes so much more difficult for people to accept that. Everybody would think it’s quite clear, and we know that from quality of life data that people often, once they lose upper limb function they become very, I mean often depressed and get a very negative outlook on life, understandably.
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