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Long Blondes Guitarist Receives 'Bionic Glove' Treatment
The Quietus , December 1st, 2008 06:47

Revolutionary technology is part of rehabilitation

Former Long Blondes guitarist Dorian Cox is receiving a revolutionary new treatment as part of the therapy following his stroke in June.

The Daily Telegraph reports that part of Cox's therapy involves use of a SaeboFlex, a mechanical device that supports the wrists.

Speaking about the SaeboFlex, Cox said, "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. 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."

Cox also gave a frank account of being struck down by the stroke at the age of 17. "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."