Zion is a bright, bubbly intelligent little boy. Full of life and a personality that melts hearts.
Unlike other children his age, 8 yr old Zion has experienced more than his fair share of challenges throughout his short life. When he was just 2yrs old, Zion had his hands and feet amputated as a result of a life threatening infection causing multi-organ system failure.
He also had kidney disease and at just 4 yrs old, he underwent a kidney transplant.
For one so young to have endured so much, Zion continues to smile. He is an amazing young man with a wonderful, positive outlook on life. The fact that he has no hands or feet doesn’t slow Zion down at all. He leads a very happy, active life but had always dreamed of what it would be like to have hands and feet. Well thanks to an amazing team of doctors and medical staff, Zion has been given a truly wonderful gift.
In a world first, doctors have been able to give Zion hands (thanks to a donor) and have performed a successful bilateral hand transplant. There are many potential complications with such an incredibly complex procedure including the real risk that Zion’s body may reject the hands and an increased risk of infection due to some of the medications he’ll be required to take for the rest of his life.
Leading up to the surgery, Dr. L. Scott Levin, Director of The Hand Transplantation Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia asked Zion why he wanted hands? Zion’s reply was, “I want to swing on the monkey bars”. A fair enough response we think. He just wants to do stuff like any other kid does.
(The process involved in finding an eligible donor for such a procedure is complicated and very emotional to say the least. Zion was only on the waiting list a short time before a suitable donor was found and so doctors didn’t waste any time preparing for the transplant)
Despite all he has gone through, Zion remains a happy little soul who just oozes positivity and makes everyone around him feel good.
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