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Boy Who Received Double Hand Transplant Says Best Part is Hugging His Mom

When Zion Harvey was two-years-old, doctors removed both his hands and his feet due to serious, life-threatening infection. It took 11 hours, but Harvey successfully received a double hand transplant last summer. After months of rigorous physical therapy, Harvey is now thriving with his new hands.

But wait until you hear what his favorite part about his new hands are.

"Just being able to wrap them around my mom," he says.



Zion Harvey also got to throw out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game, his life long dream.


"To see him throwing that baseball just took my heart," said his mom, Patti Rae. "I didn't have a manual (for all of this), I had never been here before. As mothers, we just have to protect and fight, and that's what I've been doing."

Harvey's doctors are some of his biggest fans.

"We're so proud of him. We won to get him to this point," said Dr. Scott Levin, the director of the hand transplant program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine.

You go, Zion Harvey!


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