CLEVELAND, Ohio -- She lost most of her arm after a raccoon bite got infected.
Now, after a groundbreaking surgery, Melissa Loomis, of Canton, is beginning to feel again.
Loomis was bitten last summer after her dogs got into a fight with the raccoon.
She tried to pull her dogs away, and that's when it happened. She went to the hospital and found out she had a serious infection. The only way doctors could get rid of the infection was to amputate the lower half of her right arm.
Then came the experimental surgery performed by Dr. Ajay Seth in December. During the 16-hour surgery, he rearranged the nerves in her arm. The goal was to allow her eventually move the prosthetic limb with her mind.
In an amazing video posted to Facebook, Loomis does just that.
The prosthetic arm is connected to her by two wires. The video shows Loomis twisting the wrist and moving the fingers on the prosthetic arm -- and it was the only second time ever using it.
Another amazing result of the surgery is that Loomis can actually "feel." When parts of her upper arm are touched, she can actually "feel her fingers and thumb."
"Her brain actually thinks her hand is right here," Seth said. "That was probably what was the revolutionary part."
Loomis must still get fitted for her own prosthetic arm, and it could take about six months before she has her own.
But there is a bigger goal in mind: Loomis and Seth want to help injured war veterans with this new technology. They're actually heading to Washington D.C. in June to meet with wounded warriors.
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