At the age of 8, Zion Harvey has become the first child to successfully undergo hand transplants for both of his arms. The pediatric medical procedure is the first of its kind and the doctors are hopeful that it will be able to afford thousands people who have lost or were born without limbs.
This historic medical achievement couldn’t have helped a more deserving candidate. Zion is one of the sweetest, most articulate kids we’ve seen:
“So when I get these hands, I will be proud of what hands I get. And if it gets messed up I don’t care, because I have my family.” “Sometimes, I just think some of my classmates, they don’t mean to say bad things to me. They just slip out. Everybody has their own way of thinking through things.”
A year after his transplant, his hands are growing strong. In an interview with Today, he was asked what his favorite thing about having hands was:
“Just being able to wrap them around my mom.”
Thank you to the doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for reaching this medical milestone. We are in awe.