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Nicole Johnson is fitted for her prosthetic at Advanced Arm Dynamics in Minneapolis. Johnson, who resides in Bertha, has been recovering from a workplace accident last year which resulted in her hand being amputated.

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On May 14, it will be exactly one year since Nicole Johnson lost her left hand in a machine malfunction. Three things have helped her bounce back since then: the loving support of her family, a relentlessly positive attitude – and technology that looks straight out of a Star Wars movie.


The accident took place when Johnson was operating an industrial sewing machine at the Homecrest factory. She said the whole thing took less than a minute to happen.

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