8-Year-Old Boy Receives World's First Double Hand Transplant
Zion Harvey could be one of the cutest kids you've ever clapped eyes on.
His gleaming smile may make you think otherwise, but Zion has had a hard life. Devastatingly, he lost both of his hands and feet at the age of two after becoming infected with gangrene. The infection also required a kidney transplant, which he received from his mother.
8-year-old Zion received his new hands earlier this month during a staggering 11-hour operation that required a 40-person medical team, who used steel plates and screws to attach the old and new bones. Surgeons then delicately reconnected arteries, veins, muscles, tendons and nerves.
Zion has also received leg prosthetics that he's used for most of his young life. They allow him to be very active, enabling him to walk, run and jump with the other kids.
But Zion's mother, Pattie Ray, wanted more for her son, so they looked into getting him prosthetics for his hands as well.
Ray says the decision to go through with the procedure was completely her son's.
'It was Zion's decision,' Ray told the Baltimore Sun. 'If he wanted them we were going to get them. If we didn't we weren't.'
After the operation, Zion is thrilled with his new hands. Doctors say he will spend several weeks in physical rehab before returning home to hospital. The bubbly 8-year-old works with occupational therapists several times a day and is not allowed to move his hands when he is not with them.
Right now, Zion is working on his ability to pick up light objects - and already scratches his nose with his new fingers!
Source: Daily Mail