Long Blondes guitarist gets 'bionic' arm

Indie man hopes to beat effects of stroke

Long Blondes
Long Blondes guitarist Dorian Cox

Yorkshire indie band The Long Blondes split earlier this year when guitarist Dorian Cox tragically suffered a stroke, aged just 27.

Now the guitarist is hoping to relearn to play guitar using some revolutionary medical technology.

Cox is undergoing weekly neurological physiotherapy sessions at York Science Park using a 'bionic' hand to help him regain movement. The Saeboflex arm supports the wrist and assists patients to grasp and release objects.

Cox: "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.

Dorian Cox at therapy. Picture copyright Yorkshire Post.

"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.

"I have to stay upbeat - there's no point dwelling on it. If I want to get back to how I was, I need to adopt a positive attitude."

Long Blondes singer Kate Jackson is now recording a solo album with writer-producer Bernard Butler (Duffy, Sharleen Spiteri).