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After double hand transplant, Zion Harvey lives out a baseball dream

by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY

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A year after becoming the first child to receive a double hand transplant, 9-year-old Zion Harvey lived out what most kids his age only dream about: throwing out the first pitch at a professional baseball game.

Nine-year-old Zion Harvey was the world's first child to receive a bilateral hand transplant.Gail Burton / AP

The Maryland boy threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday at the Baltimore Orioles game against the Texas Rangers.

Zion lost both hands and his feet when he was 2 years old to a life-threatening bacterial infection that also led to a kidney transplant.

Last July, Zion became the first child in the world to receive a double hand transplant.

Zion smiles during a news conference following his double hand transplant last year.Matt Rourke / AP

Before he went in for the 10-hour surgery, performed at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Zion said the first thing he wanted to do with his new hands was hold his little sister.

"My favorite thing [will be to] wait for her to run into my hands as I pick her up and spin her around," he told NBC News at the time.

This week, Zion donned an Orioles jersey and baseball cap before heading to Camden Yards, where he threw out a pitch that landed just shy of home plate.

Zion, who lives just outside of Baltimore, continues to receive outpatient rehabilitation therapy.

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