Bearing Arms Story of Rare Double Arm Transplant

Retired Infantryman Brendan M. Marrocco uses his transplanted arm to brush his hair back during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29. 2013 at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. Marrocco received a transplant of two arms from a deceased donor after losing all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Click on photo to see another link.Retired Infantryman Brendan M. Marrocco uses his transplanted arm to brush his hair back during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 29. 2013 at Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore. Marrocco received a transplant of two arms from a deceased donor after losing all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Brendan Marrocco’s life changed in a roadside bomb blast in 2009 in Iraq. Army Sergeant Marrocco survived, but lost all of his limbs. Brendan was in surgery for 13 hours on December 18, 2013 and is one of only seven people in the United States to successfully receive a rare double arm transplant.

In an article by Linda Carroll, Brandon stated, “I hated not having arms. I was all right with not having legs. Not having arms takes so much away from you. Even your personality. You talk with your hands. You do everything with your hands, basically. And when you don’t have that you’re kind of lost for a while.”

This amazing 26 year old will work hard with painful rehabilitation 6 hours a day. The slow growth of nerves –an inch a month–means it will take 2-3 years to see the final function of his arms. “To reduce the threat of rejection, Marrocco’s doctors also transplanted some of the donor’s bone marrow.”

His mom said, “The surgery meant “moving forward” for her family.” Brendan is looking forward to driving, swimming and using a handcycle. “Marrocco offered a message for other amputee veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying they should “be stubborn” and not give up hope.”Life always gets better and you’re still alive,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who will say you can’t do something. Just do it anyway. Work your ass off. You can do it.”

Please pray for healing and strength for Brendan and his family. We know what he can do!

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2 thoughts on “Bearing Arms Story of Rare Double Arm Transplant

  1. Remarkable story. Have wached it on the news! Even though our grandson was a casualty of war in 2009, it is comforting to know that he was an organ donor and many lives have been saved because of his act of kindness.

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