Little 8-year-old Zion had his hands and feet amputated after battling a deadly infection. Thankfully, Zion's ordeal couldn't prevent him from remaining a happy and very healthy kid.
Now Zion's making history as the world's first double hand transplant patient.
Even though Zion's hands are still pretty new, he already has big plans. Like picking up his little sister.
Despite the challenges ahead, Zion has his eyes on the prize. When asked what he's most looking forward to once his recovery is over, he had this to say:
"Pick up my little sister from daycare, and wait for her to run into my hands and I pick her up and spin her around."
Do you hear that? That's my lonely, only-child heart melting. Hey Zion, if you're ever in the market for a big brother, I'm right here.
The most exciting thing about Zion's story? It doesn't end with him. His historic double hand transplant is only the beginning.
Because he's the first, doctors and physical therapists will be closely monitoring his progress as he heals and learns how to use his new hands. Just think: A few years from now, multiple limb transplants will be old news, as more and more people benefit from this incredible technology.