Double hand transplant was performed to a eight year boy in Philadelphia


Bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons and skin were connected and Harvey, who lost his hands and feet at the age of 2 due to a serious infection, finally had the donor’s hands and forearms in place. “The success of Penn’s first bilateral hand transplant on an adult, performed in 2011, gave us a foundation to adapt the intricate techniques and coordinated plans required to perform this type of complex procedure on a child,” Levin said in a press statement. Only 25 hand transplants have been done in the world and Harvey is the first child to receive such a procedure. because he was an ideal transplant candidate due to his previous medical condition.


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