Thursday, July 30, 2015

8-year-old Zion Harvey just became the first kid in the world to get a double hand transplant

Business Insider | Tanya Lewis
Zion Harvey became the first child to receive a double hand transplant.

Eight-year-old Zion Harvey can't wait to pick up his little sister with his new hands.

Both of Zion's hands were amputated when he was a toddler. But the 8-year-old Baltimore native just became the world's first child to receive a double hand transplant.

The 10-hour operation took place earlier this month at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.

Zion still has a lot of physical therapy to go, but he's already looking forward to showing off his new limbs to his sister. "My favorite thing [will be to] wait for her to run into my hands as I pick her up and spin her around," he told NBC News.

When Zion was 2 years old, he developed a life-threatening bacterial infection that required both his hands and feet to be amputated. He also had a kidney transplant. (His mother donated the organ.) Since Zion already has to take drugs to suppress his immune system from attacking the kidney, he was the ideal candidate for the hand transplant, doctors said. Continue reading
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