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When 10-year-old Zion Harvey of Baltimore, Maryland, used his new hands for the first time, he was making history. Harvey is the first child to ever successfully receive a double hand transplant, known as composite vascular allotransplantation. While the surgery has been used more frequently with success in adults, his case was the first time it had ever been attempted on a child. He was eight when he had the surgery, and now just two years later, at age ten, he can catch a football as well as the next child, dress himself, write, and perform other normal activities for a child his age.

The case study sharing the details of the transplant, performed by a huge surgical team at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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