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Catching Up With the First Child to Have a Double Hand Transplant

It has been a whirlwind year in the spotlight for 9-year-old Zion. Support has poured in from all corners

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    Catching Up With the First Child to Have a Double Hand Transplant
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    In this Aug. 23, 2016, photo, 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 at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia.

    Just two years ago, Zion Harvey thought he'd never throw a baseball again. 

    The young boy had lost both his hands and legs after suffering an infection when he was a toddler. Today, a year and a half after he became the world's first child to have a double hand transplant, he says he's a new person.

    NBC News has followed Zion's story each step of the way from his surgery to recovery. All the grueling therapy has paid off, his mother Pattie told NBC News. 

    It has been a whirlwind year in the spotlight for 9-year-old Zion. Support has poured in from all corners.