VIDEO: Nine-Year Old Boy Says New Hands Make His Life ‘Complete’
Zion Harvey is nine years old. Like most boys his age, he enjoys baseball and football, does push-ups and loves his mother.
Unlike every other child his age, however, Harvey’s hands belonged to someone else until last year.
According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s website, Harvey lost his hands at the age of two, thanks to a life-threatening infection. Doctors were forced to amputate “his legs below the knee,” as well, and at the age of four his damaged kidneys were replaced with one from his mother, Pattie Ray.
Harvey now has full use of his legs, and thanks to prosthetics, and in NBC’s video above can be seen with a football, swinging a bat and telling his mother how much he loves her.
“When I got my hands, it’s like, here’s the piece of my life that was missing. Now it’s here. Now my life is complete,” said Harvey, who told his mother in 2015 that “if [the hand surgery] gets messed up, I don’t care, because I have my family.”
“Without my mom, I would not be here right now,” Harvey, who is the first child to ever receive hand transplants, told NBC.
More of Harvey’s amazing story is here, via NBC.