First of Kind Double Hand Transplant Successful in Philadelphia

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A first of the kind surgery happened in Philadelphia. For the first time, a double hand transplant was completed successfully on a young boy at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Zion Harvey, 8, from Baltimore is the first child in the world to have a double hand transplant done. Zion was suffering from a sepsis infection when he was two. It had forced the doctors to amputate his arms and legs to save him.

Pattie Ray, Zion’s mother said, ““He goes through things most adults couldn’t fathom and he endures them with a smile and he is happy.”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia released a video showing the sweet little boy who got on prosthetic legs. He managed to do a lot of things despite his limitation, with a guitar, a phone and eat with a fork and showed how to deal with the bullies. Zion said, “Some of my classmates don’t mean to say mean things to me, but it slips out.”

Hospital officials said that after months of planning, they found a donor, an unidentified child, through Gift of Life. For 10 hours, a team of 40 at the hospital operated on the child, established blood flow and nerves in a complicated and delicate operation that had never been done before.

Dr. Scott Levin of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said, “I think the difficulty was finding a family who has the courage to relinquish the arms of a child who just died and give hope and life to a child still living.”

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