Oxy Band packaged by workers who are visually impaired

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By Dana Dean

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- There's a new bandage on the market that's supposed to heal wounds faster. It's called Oxy Band. 

"Okay, I'm going to pick up a bandage, put it inside a bag, make sure it's all the way down at the bottom," said a worker.

It's a busy morning at a manufacturing facility in St. Louis County, where they're packaging a new product. These oxygenated bandages are packaged on a special machine in Overland.

"It utilizes a technology that allows the bandage to provide enriched oxygen to a wound," said Clint Cruse, Vice President of Manufacturing.

While this machine is one-of-a-kind, you might find its operators even more special.

One is Sandra Tucker.

"I get it done," she said.

So we told you about the machine and its operator but there's something about Sandra that you need to know.

Sandra is visually impaired.

She said, "I don't have any sight. No sight at all. That's how i get around, yeah, with the white cane."

She works at this Overland facility, called Lighthouse for the Blind. It provides education, employment and support services.

Sandra said, "If I apply myself I can do whatever I want to do."

She says her impairment doesn't get in the way of her job because she relies on hearing and sense of touch to get it done.

"As well as the sighted people or better," she said.

Lighthouse for the Blind employs 75 people in the St. Louis area who are visually impaired. As for the Oxy Band, Lighthouse for the Blind will train more workers as demand for this bandage increases.



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