First Bilateral Hand Transplant in a Child – Microsurgical Reconstruction with the Help of a Leica M525 F40 Surgical Microscope

July 31, 2015

Surgeons at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) joined with colleagues from Penn Medicine recently to complete the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child. Earlier this month, the surgical team successfully transplanted donor hands and forearms onto 8-year-old Zion Harvey who, several years earlier, had undergone amputation of his hands and feet and a kidney transplant following a serious infection.

A team of 12 surgeons and 8 nurses operated on this boy for 10 hours, and they used a Leica M525 F40 microscope to help with the microsurgical reconstruction for re-attaching nerves and blood vessels.

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World’s First Bilateral Hand Transplant on a Child Performed at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Published on July 28th, 2015 on

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