Boy gets 2 new hands: Zion Harvey Hand Transplant

Published: July 29, 2015

Boy gets 2 new hands: Zion Harvey Hand Transplant, Zion Harvey strained to grasp the slice of sausage pizza, his fingers clamping down only part of the way before a therapist jumped in to help press them completely together.

Using hands is new — and difficult — for 8-year-old Zion because it wasn’t so long ago that he didn’t have any. When he was 2, doctors amputated his hands and feet after a sepsis infection caused him to develop gangrene.

But earlier this month, doctors at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia performed the first-ever pediatric double hand transplant on Zion, who now looks in awe at his new fingers and thumbs. The Owings Mills boy is spending his days working with occupational therapists to learn to use his new hands.

Caption Double hand transplant
Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun
Zion Harvey, 8, of Owings Mills, sits with his mother Patty Ray at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he recently underwent a bilateral hand transplant. The hospital says this is the first time this procedure has been done on a child.

Zion Harvey, 8, of Owings Mills, sits with his mother Patty Ray at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he recently underwent a bilateral hand transplant. The hospital says this is the first time this procedure has been done on a child.

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