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Zion Harvey Becomes First Child Recipient Of Successful Double Hand Transplant

The bubbly 9-year-old lost his hands in feet at the age of two and is looking to play every sport possible after the monumental surgery was a success. 

A year after doctors at Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia performed the first double hand transplant on Zion Harvey of Baltimore, the now 9-year-old can write his name, throw a football and grab his mother's hand. The moments are brand new for Zion after he lost his hands and feet to an acute case of staph infection at the age of two.

In an interview with People, Harvey and his mother Pattie Ray share the journey that has allowed Zion to be just like any other kid. "Now I can play soccer and I can play football and I can play all these other sports and they can't isolate me out anymore," Zion said. After thanking the doctors for performing the groundbreaking surgery, he thanked the parents of the donor who helped made the surgery a reality. "I just want to write a letter to the parents for giving me their son's hands because they didn't have to do that if they didn't want to."

On Tuesday (Aug. 23), doctors and researchers released a video showing his progress and praised Zion for his mature manner and unstoppable drive."He has exceeded our every expectation," Dr. L. Scott Levin said. "He eats. He writes. He goes to the bathroom. He dresses himself. He plays baseball. He can do pull-ups on a bar."

His mother Pattie, 27, described the feeling of seeing her son move with his new hands. When it comes to walking, Zion has grown to run and play with his prosthetic legs. "It's not weird to see him with the hands, it's just like an old feeling coming back," the phlebotomist said. "I've seen him with hands and I just want to touch them and kiss and hug him."

With the help of rehab, Zion made "tremendous" progress in eight months. Doctors claim they plan to go back at a later date to remove excess skin from the child's arms. Extra skin was used to help give space for Zion's hands to grow. Zion's mother says the time in the hospital helped build a strong bond, although she's thrilled he's able to do things like taking his medication on his own.

After dominating school and sports, Zion wants to help spread awareness about the surgery and speak to other children who are going through a similar situation. "I'm looking at my wheelchair right now and I'm remembering that when I needed it, [it] was always there for me. Now have a right hand and left hand. They can always help me when I fall down. I can get back up. If  any kid is watching this and going through a rough time, never give up on what you're doing. You'll get there eventually."

Let the waterworks subside here.

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During the rapper's visit to the radio show on Wednesday (Dec. 12), everything seemed fine and dandy. However, around 15-minutes in, Ebro brought up the Floridian's current sexual assault case.

“Look man, at this point, it’s a pleasure to meet you man,” Ebro says near the 15-minute mark of the 17-minute interview. “You know, looking at all your cases and everything you’ve been through, and I know the recent one right now is very sensitive. Respect to everybody involved in that case, we can’t get into details today… We take sexual assault here serious. We can’t get into details, but we hope to have you back, so that we can have a deeper conversation about that. It’s a serious topic, we’re hearing these stories a lot."

Peter Rosenberg swiftly tries to deflect from the conversation by asking Kodak if the moon landing of 1969 was a conspiracy. However, Ebro brings up the musician's clear anxiety over the fact that he brought up the case.

"I feel like sometimes, when n***as like me are going through sh*t, y'all be entertained," says Kodak as he squirms in his chair. "Like, change the subject... talk about something else." Ebro then brings up that they tried to change the subject, and if there's nothing left to discuss, the interview could be over. At that point, Kodak gets up from the mic and walks away.

On Twitter after the interview began to gain virality, Ebro wrote that he did not discuss any specifics about the case, and that he was just trying to have a "balanced" conversation. While many members of the Twittersphere are praising Ebro for attempting to have a conversation about the elephant in the room, others are calling him out for "baiting" and bringing up something that "he shouldn't have brought up."

What are your thoughts?

I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse... and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah....

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018

He’s young black rich and ignorant. He was suppose to be uncomfortable about it.

— Nisha2much (@NautiNish) December 13, 2018

If you bring it up then say "we cant get into details tho" thats not a balanced convo thats baiting

— Scam SZN (@SumBlaqGuy) December 12, 2018

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this is so crazy Thank you so much @eltonofficial pic.twitter.com/QVkQjqCSuM

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“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

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