Soldier who lost 4 limbs has double-arm transplant
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 11:38:30 AM CST
The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant in Baltimore.
His father says Brendan Marrocco had the operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Marrocco is 26 and lives in New York City. He was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009.
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.
It is the seventh double-hand or double-arm transplant done in the United States. The military is sponsoring operations like these to help wounded troops. About 300 have lost arms or hands in the wars.
Marrocco spoke at a news conference Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was joined by the surgeons who performed the double-arm transplant there.
Marrocco says he's happy and amazed to have new arms. He has prosthetic legs but says that without arms, he felt "kind of lost for a while."
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