When we first heard about Zion Harvey he was an 8-yr-old boy with no hands but one huge heart.
Zion has an amazing story. The little guy came down with a vicious infection at age 2 that resulted in the amputation of both of his hands and feet and severely damaged his kidneys. Zion made headlines as the first ever child to receive a double hand transplant in a groundbreaking procedure that restored his mobility and independence.
Now, little Zion just wants to give back.
“When I got my hands,” said 9-year-old Zion recently, “It’s like, here’s the piece of my life that was missing. Now it’s here. My life is complete.” Little Zion can now color, play baseball, hold a book… “I can do more than I imagined!” he says.
In a heartwarming gesture, Zion plans to write a letter to the family of the child whose hands were donated to him. “I just want to write a letter to the parents, for giving me their son’s hands because they didn’t have to do that if they didn’t want to,” he said.
Zion is not out of the woods yet. He still has to take medications to prevent rejection and fight off infections. But Zion is undaunted.
“I’ve never seen Zion cry. I’ve never seen him scream, or complain of pain, I’ve never seen him not want to do his therapy, he’s just a remarkable human being, let alone child or adult,” said Scott Levin, the doctor that performed Zion’s surgery.
Watch the touching video below for more, and share Zion’s incredible story of his resilience today.
Zion Harvey, the first child to undergo a double hand transplant, can now manage an array of dexterous tasks, from swinging a baseball bat to holding a whisk upright.bbc.in/2tE9F2h (via BBC Lifestyle & Health News)
Posted by BBC News on Sunday, July 23, 2017