Monday, August 31, 2015

World’s First Child to Receive a Bilateral Hand Transplant Returns Home from The Children’s Hosp

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Zion Harvey, the world's first pediatric bilateral hand transplant recipient has been discharged from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and is headed home with his precious 'gift of life.'

Press release from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Precocious 8-year-old Zion Harvey, the world’s first child to receive a bilateral hand transplant earlier this summer, and charismatic little boy who captured the hearts of millions around the world, was discharged from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)earlier today. Earlier this summer, surgeons at CHOP joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia to complete this landmark surgery and at a press conference on July 28, Zion, his family, and his medical team were introduced to the world. 

Following surgery, Zion spent a week in CHOP’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, then was moved to a medical unit and eventually moved to an inpatient rehabilitation unit where he has been receiving physical and occupational therapy several times per day, an essential step to gaining improvement in hand function.

“We are so proud of Zion,” said lead surgeon, L. Scott Levin, M.D., FACS. “Almost immediately after surgery, Zion displayed his resilience and positive attitude as he adjusted to the incredible experience of having new hands. In daily sessions with CHOP physical and occupational therapists, he has worked hard, slowly gaining movement and strength in each hand, learning to pick up and hold objects.” Continue reading

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