Jul 19, 2017

Youngest ever double-hand transplant a success, doctors say

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Zion Harvey, now 10 years old, made medical history when he was given new hands through a double-hand transplant two years ago. As the youngest patient to ever have the procedure, doctors told the BBC that they are amazed by Zion's recovery and believe the knowledge gained from his success will allow other young children to benefit.

Medical tests, as described in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal, show that his brain now recognizes the transplanted hands as his own, enabling Zion to write, feed, and dress himself, as well as grip a baseball bat.

The key finding: The discovery reveals that the brain is still able to communicate with new body parts, despite their absence "during a developmental period of rich fine motor development between the ages of two and eight years," Lead Surgeon Dr. Scott Levin said last year, as cited by the BBC.

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President Trump announced on Friday that the U.S. would be fundamentally changing longstanding policies toward Hong Kong as a result of Chinese encroachment on the city's autonomy.

Why it matters: Trump said he would be effectively ending the special trade status that has allowed Hong Kong to flourish as a gateway to the Chinese market. That leaves an uncertain future for businesses that operate in Hong Kong, not to mention the city's 7 million residents, and could be met with reprisals from Beijing.