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Child who had double hand transplant throws out MLB first pitch

Published: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 7:07 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2016 @ 7:50 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A little boy from Maryland had a dream come true. 

He got to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. 

Zion Harvey, 9, lost both hands to a severe infection when he was a baby. A 40-member surgical team last summer helped Zion become the first child in the world to have a double hand transplant, WJZ reported.

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The surgical team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia connected bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons and skin during the 10-hour procedure. Since the surgery, Zion has been undergoing therapy to regain hand function.

"Never give up on your dreams," Zion told WJZ last year. "It will come true."

Zion has shown so much progress that he was able to throw out the first pitch Tuesday at a Baltimore Orioles game, WJZ reported. Adam Jones caught the pitch on a small bounce as The Oriole Bird, mascot of the Orioles, cheered Zion on.

The trio posed for photos before the start of the game.

The Orioles went on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1.