This Is Zion Harvey: One Year Later following first bilaterial hand transplant

An inspiring one-year update on Zion Harvey, the recipient of the first bilateral hand transplant in a child. Zion’s hands and feet were amputated when he was 2 as the result of sepsis, a life-threatening infection.

He received new hands in July of 2015, during a 10-hour surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The surgical team was led by L. Scott Levin, MD, and Benjamin Chang, MD, who direct the Hand Transplantation Program at Children’s Hospital.

This update shows Zion’s progress in the year since the surgery. Zion’s transplant and rehabilitation have involved hundreds of people from organizations including: Gift of Life Donor Program, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Penn Medicine, Shriners Hospital for Children – Philadelphia, United Network for Organ Sharing, and CHOP.


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