Category : Hand Transplant

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WATCH: Zion Harvey, 1st child to receive double-hand transplant, throws 1st pitch at Orioles game

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from NJ.com

The doctors at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia truly are amazing and the latest example caused a standing ovation at Tuesday night’s Baltimore Orioles game at Camden Yards. Prior to the game, nine-year-old Zion Harvey threw out the first pitch to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

While a nine-year-old throwing out the first pitch would be a fun story on its own, Harvey’s path to that moment made it special.

Roughly one year ago, Harvey—a Maryland resident—became the first child in history to undergo successful bilateral hand transplant surgery at CHOP in Philadelphia. When Harvey was two, he developed an infection that led to his hands and feet amputated. Years later, the doctors at CHOP helped remake his life and what happened in Baltimore on Tuesday night possible.

Watch the video and read the full story.

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A Surgeon’s Story of a Hand Transplant

Hand surgeon and American Society for Surgery of the Hand member Kodi K. Azari, MD, FACS, tells his story about performing a hand transplant, becoming a hand surgeon, and the importance of the human hand. Listen to the podcast.

Azari story

Learn more about conditions, injuries and procedures of the hand at www.HandCare.org.

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Q&A with Dr. Scott Levin, the lead surgeon in 8-year-old Zion’s double hand transplant

L. Scott Levin, MD

from the Naples Herald by Gary Levine

Zion Harvey…an archetypal eight-year-old in so many ways…yet wistfully distinctive in so many others…was the recipient, last week, of a gift like no other.

As a toddler (age 2), Zion horrifically lost both hands and both feet to Sepsis…a life-threatening complication from infection.  Two years later, the infection severely damaged his kidneys and required a kidney transplant…the organ donated by his mother, Pattie Ray.

Despite unimaginable misfortune, Zion is bursting with bravura…with determination…with a gutsiness that most could never muster.

levin-scottApproximately three years ago, Pattie began the search for prosthetic hands for her son.  She approached Dr. Scott Kozin, Chief of Staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia who, along with his partner, Dr. Dan Zlotolow, offered a far more progressive suggestion…Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation…make Zion the youngest recipient of a bilateral hand transplant.Zion has already been successfully fitted for prosthetics for his feet and utilizes them to the fullest.

Drs. Kozin and Zlotolow referred Pattie and Zion to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Hand Transplantation Program…led by Dr. Scott Levin.

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8-year-old Zion receives first ever bilateral hand transplant in a child

Watch this touching story about Zion and his journey to receive new hands through a bilateral hand transplant, a 14-hour surgery that required an entire team of surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists. Learn more about hand surgery at www.handcare.org.

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