For most of his life, Zion Harvey has dreamed of having hands. Thanks to a medical miracle, it’s finally come true. Many of us will never know what this young man went through, but I know prayers surrounded him and his family.
For the first time, Philadelphia doctors transplanted donor hands and forearms onto an eight-year-old boy whose own hands were amputated due to a life-threatening bacterial infection.
Zion told NBC News that he can’t wait for the day he can hold his little sister with his new hands.
“My favorite thing [will be to] wait for her to run into my hands as I pick her up and spin her around,” he said.
A 40-member transplant team led by Dr. L. Scott Levin had practiced extensively on cadavers before attempting the operation – a worldwide first – on a child. Doctors believe the success of this surgery may have profound changes on the lives of children who are living without hands.
Watch the incredible video below:
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H/T – NBC