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'Now My Life is Complete': Checking in With Zion Harvey a Year After His Double-Hand Transplant

The boy, 9, lost his hands to an infection when he was 2

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    Zion Harvey, center, who received a double hand transplant in July 2015, shakes hands with a health care worker as his mother Pattie Ray, left, smiles during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia.

    In July 2015, at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Zion Harvey became the first child ever to undergo a double hand transplant.

    When he was just 2 years old, Zion lost both his hands and his legs below the knees to a life-threatening infection.  

    Now, a year after the transplant surgery, NBC News returned to visit him to see   what life is like for 9-year-old Zion.

    "I'm very excited. Because now I can do more than I imagined. Like throw a football. Play baseball. Or, I don't know, do a handstand," he said. "So when I got my hands, it's like, here's the piece of my life that was missing. Now it's here. Now my life is complete."

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