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