An 8-year-old boy has become the youngest recipient of a double-hand transplant. Four surgical teams worked in shifts for 11 hours to perform the operation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Zion Harvey will have to remain on medications for the rest of his life, but his new hands are expected to function and grow as he ages.

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Excuse the pun but on the one hand, hey, good going, little guy. I know it says he is going to have to be on medication for the rest of his life. But the way medicine is advancing, I really doubt that. Around the corner will be a new pill or treatment that will allow him to accept the transplants without worry of rejection ever again. On the other hand, I can’t help but feel sorry for the child who donated those hands. Such small, tiny hands. They had to come from somewhere. I want to give a hug to the parents of the late child who donated those hands. What they did was brave and selfless and changed the life of one small boy forever. I hope they found peace in that.