Eight year old Zion Harvey, an energetic and resilient young man with an infectious personality, lost both his hands and feet when they had to be amputated after contracting a life-threatening bloodstream infection that led to multi-system organ failure at the age of 2. At the age of 4, after two years on dialysis, he received a kidney from his mother. In April 2015, Zion was listed for a bilateral hand transplant and miraculously, only 3 months later, a gracious donor family made the decision to donate their child’s hands to another child in need of a hand transplant. A few weeks ago, Zion had his surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and became the first pediatric to receive a bilateral hand transplant.
Zion’s story, cannot be shared more effectively than through this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFyP_R6wPr8&feature=youtu.be
Read the full article where this video can also be found: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/20150729_World_s_first_pediatric_double-hand_transplant_performed_at_Children_s_Hospital_of_Philadelphia.html
Additional articles with video: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/07/29/worlds-youngest-double-hand-transplant-recipient-woke-up-smiling/