Expert explains first pediatric hand transplant

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He said he wants to play with his little sister Zoe, swing on the monkey bars and throw a football. Eight year old Zion Harvey is ready to explore his new life with two hands.

He had a message for his family at a press conference on Tuesday. "I want to say to you guys thank you for helping me through this bumpy road," he said.

It was bumpy road that started when he was two years old. Doctors amputated both of Zion's hands and feet after a life-threatening infection caused organ failure. Doctors said medication he was on from his kidney transplant was just one reason he was such a great candidate for the procedure.

"While there are few patients who are considering the operation, there's even fewer that are good candidates for it,' Dr. James Higgins, Chief at the Curtis National Hand Center at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital, said. Continue reading