A life changing as 8-year-old boy received a double hand transplant after losing both hands.
A Double hand transplant was performed to Zion Harvey, 8-year-old boyfrom the Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills, Maryland. He was recorded as the youngest ever recipient of said transplant. Several years ago, Zion had lost his both hands due to bacterial infection.
Surgeons in Philadelphia conducted the transplant earlier this month at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Operation took many hours, involving 40-person medical team. Surgeons used steel plates and screws to attach the old and new bones of Zion, then delicately reconnected arteries, veins, muscles, tendons and nerves.
Lead surgeon L. Scott Levin said, ‘This is a monumental step.’, ‘I hope personally we can help many more patients like Zion in the future.’ “This surgery was the result of years of training, followed by months of planning and preparation by a remarkable team.”
Double hand transplant will surely change Zion’s life for the better. Allowing him to make thing, just like normal kids does. Physicians hope and pray that his new hands will enable many more milestones and success in life, including his wish to throw a football. Through the transplant Zion has learned to use his forearms to write, eat and play video games.
According to international registry, No child has ever received a transplant of a single hand, let alone two. Only about 60 people worldwide – including Penn’s first case, a young woman, in 2011 – have undergone upper extremity transplants since the first one in France in 1998.
The surgical procedure, hand from one human to another operation is quite extensive and typically lasts to a very long hour, and does to Zion’s successful operation. He is into a therapy to help regain function of the transplanted hand. IMAGE/whatsthefuzzabout.wordpress