Hand transplant patient throws out O’s first pitch (Video)

WASHINGTON — A Maryland boy overcame more than his share of challenges to throw out the first pitch at Camden Yards on Tuesday night.

The pitch was thrown by 9-year-old Zion Harvey, of Owings Mills, Maryland, who last summer was the first child to ever undergo a bilateral hand transplant.

Harvey developed sepsis at age 2, the Orioles’ website reports, which led to the amputation of both hands and both his legs below the knee. He also needed a kidney transplant from his mother. But he kept fighting, and Tuesday night, after months of therapy to gain function in his new hands, he got to toss the first pitch to Adam Jones.


Jones told the Orioles’ site he’d been following Harvey’s progress for about a year, and called him “a trooper.” Jones homered in the Orioles’ 5-1 win.

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