A year ago, Zion Harvey, 9, became the first child to receive a double hand transplant. At just 2 years old, doctors removed Harvey’s hands and feet due to a life-threatening illness. Though the last year of therapy and recovery has been a “roller coaster,” today, Harvey is happy to be able to hug his mom.
His favorite thing about his new hands? “Just being able to wrap them around my mom,” he told Today’s Savannah Guthrie on this mornings episode.
No one is more proud than his mother, Pattie Ray, who could barely hold the camera straight to film Harvey throwing out the first pitch at the Orioles game.
“To see him throwing that baseball just took my heart,” she said. “I didn’t have a manual (for all of this), I had never been here before. As mothers, we just have to protect and fight, and that’s what I’ve been doing.”