‘I just want to get the most out of these arms’: Soldier who lost all four limbs in Iraq gets new arms in historic transplant
A U.S. soldier who lost all four limbs in a roadside bombing in Iraq says he’s looking forward to driving and swimming with new arms after undergoing a double-arm transplant.
“I just want to get the most out of these arms, and just as goals come up, knock them down and take it absolutely as far as I can,” Brendan Marrocco said Tuesday.
The 26-year-old New Yorker spoke at a news conference at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was joined by surgeons who performed the operation.
After he was wounded, Marrocco said, he felt fine using prosthetic legs, but he hated not having arms.
“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,” he said. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)