Many of us cringe over not having the smallest thing, turning a blind eye to what we do have and not making the best of it.1
So, let’s take a look and a page from cheeky little Zion Harvey, and his journey from losing his hands and feet at the age of two to being the first ever child to receive a double hand-transplant surgery at the age of nine.
At the tender age of two, doctors had to remove Zion’s hands and feet because a life-threatening disease infected them. Although the last year has been a “roller coaster’ ride, Zion smiles and says that the favorite thing about his new hands was: “Just being able to wrap them around my mom”.
His mother, Pattie Ray, expressed, that as a mother, she did just what we, as mothers need to do, which is to protect and fight for their child and what’s best for them.
As a pioneer for this surgical method in medical history, especially for kids, Dr. Scott Levin, the director of the hand transplant program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine said, “We are so proud of him.” He said that Zion has taught them so much, not just as an opportunity to see how transplants can change people’s lives but Zion’s innocent courage.
After going through a very complicated 11-hour surgery, Zion also worked hard and was determined about his rigorous therapy regimen. His family and his fans, the Penn medicine team of doctors backed Zion’s motivation.
Although Zion turns nine this year, he is celebrating a series of firsts, that most of us probably take for granted or never get.
He can finally hold hands and hug members of his beloved family-his brothers, sisters, popop, grandmother and aunt Che, with his mom, Pattie Ray, being at the top.
He also says he has been able to do more than he ever imagined. Knowing his love for baseball, he threw the ball for the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game, which has always been his dream. Seeing him throw that ball, made Pattie so happy she couldn’t even record it.
We can now see a video of Zion doing push-ups, throwing balls back and forth, surprised that it went that far, after years where completing everyday tasks was a challenge for him.
Even starring the cover of People’s magazine, Zion say he wasn’t as impressed with the photo-shoot, showing all of us that it’s not the big things but the little things in life that matter.
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