Medical science, I bow before thee.

An 8-year-old boy from Baltimore, Maryland, named Zion Harvey, has received a new pair of hands, thanks to a generous donor and the consistently brilliant efforts of a team of surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who successfully performed the world’s first bilateral hand transplant on a child.

When Zion was 2, an unknown but severe infection forced doctors to amputate his arms and legs. Ever since, he’s been trying to fit into a world where most kids can do normal, everyday-kid-things, while he struggles with them. He still walks using prosthetic legs. A couple of years ago, Zion also underwent a kidney transplant (from his mom Pattie Ray) for which he has been on anti-rejection drugs. This actually gave him a greater chance of finding a match for his hands.

Check out his story.