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Health & FitFirst child to receive a double hand transplant excels in his abilities

16:41  29 july  2019
16:41  29 july  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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He also received a kidney from his supportive mother, Pattie Ray. Now, doctors have reported Zion’s success and progress 18 months after his double hand transplant in 2015. The case study was published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

Double hand transplantation is a complex procedure that involves many surgical and non-surgical components. The potential recipient must first undergo Harvey was an ideal transplant candidate due to his previous medical condition. "Zion's kidney transplant following his infection made him a

At just 8 years old, Zion Harvey received two new hands, a surgery that has changed his life

According to previous reporting, the boy needed an amputation of both hands and feet when he was younger due to a life-threatening infection. He also received a kidney from his supportive mother, Pattie Ray.

Now, doctors have reported Zion’s success and progress 18 months after his double hand transplant in 2015. The case study was published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

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NBC News recently visited with Zion Harvey, who last year became the first child to receive a double hand transplant . Nine-year-old Zion Harvey, the world's first child to receive a bilateral hand transplant , throws out the first pitch before the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers baseball in

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According to the case report, Zion’s surgery lasted nearly 11 hours and required 4 medical teams working on the boy and his donor simultaneously. Before then, doctors had worked to prepare for transplantation for 2 years.

First child to receive a double hand transplant excels in his abilities© FoxNews.com Medical Mysteries and Marvels: Zion Harvey of Baltimore, Md., was the first youngster to undergo a successful double-hand transplant in 2015. Despite the hardships of any transplant, Zion is succeeding. Aside from progress in basic functions like feeding and dressing, Zion can hold a baseball, row a boat and has even played on monkey bars with some standby assistance. Next, Zion needed close monitoring and rehabilitation for months following the surgery. He was still undergoing therapy at the time of the report. Due to both the kidney and hand transplants, Zion will need continual immune-suppressing drugs.

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The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors have said, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months. The report in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Tuesday provides the first official medical update on

The first child in the world to have a double hand transplant is able to write, feed and dress himself independently 18 months after the He received his two donor hands aged eight in a groundbreaking procedure that doctors have declared a success following months of complications and rehabilitation.

Despite the hardships of any transplant, Zion is succeeding, says a report in USA Today. Aside from progress in basic functions like feeding and dressing, Zion can hold a baseball, row a boat and has even played on monkey bars with some standby assistance.

“I’m happy with my new hands,” Zion said in a USA Today interview.

Along the way, his mother, Pattie, has been a big supporter, helping him succeed at whatever he chooses to do. Yet Zion upholds that he is “the same kid everyone knew without hands,” reports The Guardian.

One trait that doctors and supporters alike have noticed is Zion’s determination to succeed. According to The Guardian, the boy has had his share of hardships, including eight rejections of the transplants which doctors were able to reverse.

In addition, Zion has had to work hard in therapy. One of Zion’s physicians, Dr. Sandra Amaral, told The Guardian that the surgery has been “demanding for the family.” Doctors will still track the boy to see the long-term results of this surgery. However, doctors now know that double hand transplants in children can be successful, as Zion has proven.

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