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Zion Harvey becomes the world’s first pediatric bilateral hand-transplant recipient

This summer, 8-year-old Zion Harvey became the world’s first-ever pediatric recipient of a bilateral hand transplant.

The revolutionary surgical procedure occurred at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and was led by L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and professor of surgery (Division of Plastic Surgery) at Penn Medicine and director of the Hand Transplantation Program at CHOP. In total, a 40-member multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and other healthcare personnel from plastic and reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesiology and radiology conducted the 10-hour operation. This short video provided by CHOP offers a glimpse into Zion’s trailblazing journey. For additional insight, check out our January 18 cover story!

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