In 2005, my son Nino, aged 5 at the time, had a stroke. A long and difficult time of rehabilitation ensued.
Nino fought his way back from a functionless body to a wheelchair and walking stick until he could walk again unaided. However, the right side of his body remained paralysed despite many therapies.
My son faced a series of challenges which he could not manage with one hand.
For Nino, even closing zips on waistcoats and jackets proved to be an insurmountable hurdle.
He always needed the help of others and he often felt very uncomfortable.
What to do now?
Like probably many affected people, I went to diverse orthopaedics shops to find an adequate aid.
I was surprised to find that such aid was not available.
After that experience, I started to look for possibilities myself. It took countless approaches, prototypes and set-backs as well as the active help of my test subject, Nino, until the first o.h.o.-Zip- Closing-Aid was created 5 years ago.
Nino has been successfully using our little joint invention since then and he does no longer have to ask anyone for help.
With the aim to make our aid available to everyone with the relevant handicap, the first step towards our own business was taken in 2015.
I hope that our little o.h.o. will be an aha-experience for all users and that it will restore a little bit of independence.