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Double-Hand Transplant Recipient Throws Out First Pitch At Orioles Game

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Last summer, he became the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant.

Last night, nine-year-old Zion Harvey threw out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game.

Harvey, of Owings Mills, Maryland delivered a strike to Orioles Star outfielder Adam Jones before the O's took on the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.

"He goes through things most adults couldn't fathom and he endures them with a smile and he is happy," noted Zion's mom, Pattie Ray.

Harvey underwent the bilateral hand transplant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in July of 2015.

"I just want to say this, never give up on your dreams it will come true," said Zion.

He lost his hands and feet to a life-threatening sepsis infection at the age of two, forcing doctors to amputate his arms and legs in order to save his life.

His new hands came from an unidentified child donor, arranged through the Gift of Life Program.

After the transplant Zion said he's the same person who he used to be, but with some cool new hands.

CBS 3's Stephanie Stahl contributed to this report.

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