Double hand transplant for 8 year old boy

Double hand transplant for 8 year old boy


An eight-year-old boy in America has become the youngest person to receive a double hand transplant. Making history, Zion Harvey underwent the
intricate 11-hour operation earlier this month. A surgical team of 40 at The Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia, used steel screws and plates to fuse together
Zion’s old and new bones, before delicately reconnecting his muscles,
nerves, tendons, veins
and arteries. “A child’s hand looks like…..it could be this colour, or this colour. I don’t know!” Although he has several weeks of physical
therapy ahead – he will soon have ability to pick up smaller
objects like Cheerios and pieces of Lego. Zion’s hands and feet had to be amputated
when he was a toddler, after he contracted Sepsis – a serious bacterial infection. “When I was two, I had to get my hands cut off cos I was sick” But with the help of prosthetic legs, he is
able to walk, run
and jump. “So…..when I get these hands I will be proud of what hands I get! And, if it gets messed up….””It’s not gonna get messed up!” “I don’t care, because I have my family” Several adults in the US have received double-hand
or double-arm transplants in the past few years, but Zion is believed to be the youngest person
to have the surgery, which requires a lifetime of immune-suppressing
drugs to ensure the body doesn’t reject the new limbs. Doctors say Zion will spend several weeks in physical rehab at the hospital before returning home “Me and Zoe want a puppy! “Where’s the puppy gonna live?” My room! Where else?!”

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5 Replies to “Double hand transplant for 8 year old boy”

  1. I hope this is not a dumb question, but does the hands grow as he grows, or will he need future transplants?

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