Maryland boy first to receive double hand transplant

MARYLAND (ABC) – An inspiring little boy from Maryland became the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant.

“When I was two, I had to get my hands cut off,” Zion Harvey explained.

Today, Zion is 8 years old.

“I don’t know what a child’s hand looks like,” he said prior to surgery.

He was just 2 years old when he lost his hands and feet to a life threatening illness. But that hasn’t stopped the brave little boy from anything.

“When I get these hands, I will be proud of what hands I get,” he said.

His life changed forever a few weeks ago. He became the first child in the world to receive a dual hand transplant.

Twelve surgeons performed the ground breaking surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After 11 hours, the surgery was complete.

On Tuesday, Zion made a public appearance with an ear-to-ear smile. He told everyone what he was most excited for.

“Playing with my sister!” he exclaimed.

But he also had a special message to share after he asked his family members to stand up.

“I want to say to you guys, ‘thank you’ for helping me through this bumpy road,” he said. “Family means trust, hope, support, and if you fall down, they always catch you.”

“I have been blessed with a Godsend and an angel,” his mother said. “He is my strength.”


An incredible boy ready to embark on his best journey yet.

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