BALTIMORE (AP) — A boy who underwent a double-hand transplant last summer has shown off his progress by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Camden Yards.
Nine-year-old Zion Harvey tossed the baseball to Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones before Baltimore hosted the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Zion, who is from suburban Owings Mills, lost his hands and feet to an infection. He became the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant when he had the procedure done at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in July 2015.
Since then, Zion worked to regain hand function, including the ability to throw a baseball, through rigorous therapy sessions.
After the operation, Zion set goals of throwing a football and playing on the monkey bars. Leg prosthetics have enabled him to walk, run and jump.
Zion Harvey underwent the bilateral hand transplant procedure at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia last summer pic.twitter.com/7cAtLtEGMB— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 3, 2016
Tonight, Zion Harvey, the first child in the world to undergo a bilateral hand transplant, threw the first pitch.https://t.co/wuk5Qsr90Q— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 3, 2016