World’s First Pediatric Double Hand Transplant Recipient Thriving
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In July 2015, Zion Harvey made history when he became the first child to receive a double hand transplant. Now, a year later, the 9-year-old is thriving– Zion can write, dress himself and even throw a baseball. Zion’s miraculous story is made possible due to the advancements in medicine, particularly in the field of orthopaedics and reminds us of the importance of well-functioning hands.
Zion lost his hands at an early age due to complications from a sepsis infection. His story reminds us of the importance role our hands play in our ability to carry out basic functions, like brushing your teeth or typing on a keyboard.
Zion’s surgery is known in the medical field as Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation. While the surgery highlights the marvels of modern medicine, it is a very rare procedure.
Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist based in Long Island, NY performs much more common hand-related orthopaedic procedures, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, simple fractures and arthritis. These common injuries can be disabling for people and Dr. Moriarty treats them regularly in our office.
Think you or a loved one might need attention for a hand issue or another orthopedic injury? Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment.