A university student has been reunited with her £3,000 prosthetic hand that she lost on a night out with friends, Mail Online reports. Amelia Welch, 20, was partying after a university summer ball in Oceana in Plymouth, Devon, and took it off while in the bathroom.
The next morning she realised she had not brought it home and launched an appeal for its return offering a £100 reward. Nightclub bosses started a crowd- funder appeal to raise the £3,000 needed for a new hand – but the original has now been found and returned.
‘Someone came forward and returned it to me last night,’ Amelia said. ‘It was very sweet of Oceana to set up the crowdfunding site and generous of everyone to donate, however thankfully the money won’t be needed. ‘Thank you to everyone that has helped over the last few days.
‘I’m overjoyed. I would like to say thank you to the girl who returned it to me.’ Amelia, who has just finished her first year of a marine biology degree at Plymouth University, was born with a congenital hand malformation, meaning she does not have the use of her right hand.
However, she does have some use of her right hand so takes the prosthetic off as it is easier to complete some tasks. Before the hand was returned, Miss Welch, from Axminster, said: ‘I don’t know at what point I lost it, but I didn’t have it the next day.
‘I think I went to the toilet, took it off, probably left it and didn’t realise.’ ‘It’s really special to me because I wear it when I go out,’ she said. ‘I feel lost without, it would mean the world to me to get it back. It’s an aesthetic thing.
‘There are not many things I struggle with but the prosthetic gives me confidence and it’s really expensive. ‘I’m worried that somebody has maybe picked it up thinking it’s a joke and thrown it away. ‘It’s priceless to me but worthless to anyone else.’
Miss Welch originally from Somerset said the hand is worth £3,000 but could cost £5,000 to replace and would take hours of visits to specialists.