8-year-old becomes first child with double hand transplant

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PHILADELPHIA- An 8-year-old boy became the first recipient of a double hand transplant after an illness forced doctors to amputate his arms and legs.

At 2 years old, Zion Harvey had a sepsis infection. The boy’s arms and legs were removed, and he underwent a live transplant to save his life.

“When I was 2, I had to get my hands cut off because I was sick,” Zion told a reporter with KYW in Philadelphia. “Some of my classmates they don’t mean to say mean things to me.”

“He’s amazing in his own right, for me it’s a blessing. I’ve been blessed with a godsend, an ange,” said Zion’s mom, Pattie Ray.

Zion was on the transplant waiting list for just a few weeks. The surgery took a team of surgeons at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia 10 hours to complete.

The boy will need months of therapy before he can use his new hands, but he’s already looking forward to playing with his new puppy at home.

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