Awesome: Iraq veteran receives double arm transplant
posted at 11:21 am on January 29, 2013 by Katie Pavlich
Usually I’m extremely squeamish when it comes to anything medial, but this is just awesome:
A soldier who lost all four limbs when a roadside bomb exploded in 2009 has undergone a double arm transplant.
Brendan Marrocco, a 26-year-old from New York, had the operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his father said Monday.
He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is aimed at helping his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication to prevent rejection.
The military is sponsoring operations like these to help wounded troops. About 300 have lost arms or hands in the wars.
“He was the first quad amputee to survive” from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and there have been four others since then, said Brendan Marrocco’s father, Alex Marrocco. “He was really excited to get new arms.”
What a hero! Not only did he survive the bombing but now he has survived the double arm transplant. Amazing.