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Awesome: Iraq veteran receives double arm transplant

posted at 11:21 am on January 29, 2013 by

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.

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Cool, as long as neither is Peterson’s arm.

29Victor on January 29, 2013 at 11:32 AM

amazing. thanks for putting stories like this up, Mary. keeps things in perspective.

Steven McGregor on January 29, 2013 at 11:52 AM

God bless him, I pray this works.

mchristian on January 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Some people are better than others…that is for sure.

tomas on January 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM