Long Blondes guitarist gets 'bionic' arm

Indie man hopes to beat effects of stroke

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.


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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).

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