Little Zion Harvey is one helluva trooper!
After losing both of his hands and his feet at the age of two from a life-threatening infection, the now eight-year-old just received the first successful bilateral hand transplant to be performed on a child.
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His journey to get to this point has been captured in an emotional 13-minute video by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"I wasn't always like this, when I was two, I had to get my hands cut off, because I was sick," the adorable boy says to the camera before his 11-hour surgery, later telling his mom, Pattie Ray, "When I get these hands I will be proud of what hands I get!"
But it's Zion's unbelievable outlook that leaves us at a loss for words. "If it gets messed up...I don't care, because I have my family," he shares, hugging his mom tight.
Serious tears flowing right about now!
The video goes on to show his 40-person transplant team, including orthopedic surgeon Dr. L. Scott Levin, who asked Zion why he wants hands. "He said, 'I want to swing on the monkey bars!'" the doctor reveals.
Two weeks after his surgery, Zion is already holding small items such as a sponge. "This is a new arena in reconstruction surgery ... this gives new hope," Dr. Levin shares, adding that Zion will have to keep visiting doctors to ensure that his body isn't rejecting the new body parts.
Hear more about the complicated operation below, and get ready to fall in love with this remarkable boy:
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