‘Now My Life is Complete’: Checking in With Zion Harvey a Year After His Double-Hand Transplant

The boy, 9, lost his hands to an infection when he was 2

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In July 2015, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Zion Harvey became the first child ever to undergo a double hand transplant.

When he was just 2 years old, Zion lost both his hands and his legs below the knees to a life-threatening infection.  

Now, a year after the transplant surgery, NBC News returned to visit him to see   what life is like for 9-year-old Zion.

"I'm very excited. Because now I can do more than I imagined. Like throw a football. Play baseball. Or, I don't know, do a handstand," he said. "So 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."

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