Herm Edwards talks about a special 9-year-old, Zion Harvey
He was the first child in the world to undergo a double-hand transplant
When he was 2 years old, Zion Harvey had to have both of his hands and feet amputated because of a bacterial infection. And when he was 4, he needed a kidney transplant from his mom. But after undergoing a double-hand transplant surgery last year — the first child to ever do so — Harvey keeps on winning.
Earlier this month, Harvey threw out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game. According to CNN, the hand transplant surgery required 40 surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists and took more than 10 hours. A little more than a year after his surgery, Harvey can write, make his own lunch and dress himself, CNN reports.
In a recent news conference, Harvey said he can throw a football with his new hands and his next goal is to persuade his mom to let him play football.
ESPN commentator Herm Edwards joined SportsCenter on Thursday to talk about Harvey.
“Zion, you have a wonderful message,” Edwards said. “When you think about the pride you have and your ability to dream and want to play athletics, you do us all good … Hopefully that dream for you will come true.”