Soldier Who Lost 4 Limbs Receives Double-Arm Transplant

(January 28, 2013)—Brendan Marrocco, the first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war, has received a double-arm transplant in Baltimore, his father said.

Marrocco received the arm transplant on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, his father said.

In 2009 a roadside bomb explosion injured Marrocco, 26, who now lives in New York City.

He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms in a novel approach 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.

Surgeons plan to discuss the transplant Tuesday.

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