Within the last year, 9-year-old Zion Harvey has made history twice. Last summer he became the first child to receive a bilateral hand transplant and on Tuesday night, Zion threw the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game.
Zion Harvey underwent the bilateral hand transplant procedure at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia last summer pic.twitter.com/7cAtLtEGMB
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 3, 2016
This victorious moment in the spotlight was preceded by several health challenges that Zion has been fighting most of his young life. When he was 2-years-old, Zion’s hands and feet were amputated after being diagnosed with a life threating infection. Two years later, when the illness attacked his kidneys, he received a kidney transplant donated by his mother, Pattie Ray.
Zion stepped up to the mound on Tuesday night and delivered a pitch that easily breezed over home plate to kick off a 5-1 Baltimore Orioles victory over the Texas Rangers.
And the crowd fell in love.
The coolest kid I've ever met. Zion Harvey, you are AMAZING! pic.twitter.com/lCSHJIpfPn
— jill (@idkmy_bff_jill) August 2, 2016