13 May '13, 3am

Soldier injured in bomb blast gets double arm transplant @ArmyMedicine @JEHutton @WalterReedArmy

Soldier injured in bomb blast gets double arm transplant @ArmyMedicine @JEHutton @WalterReedArmy

View Photo Gallery » While posing for a group photo with some of the doctors who performed the 13-hour operation, the Marine Corps commandant's wife, Bonnie Amos, holds Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco's newly transplanted hand. Megan McCloskey/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link Lightbox link BALTIMORE — Perched on a therapy table at Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the few quadruple amputees from the Iraq War reached up over his head with both hands and launched a pink ball to the Marine Corps commandant. Five months ago, Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco’s arms belonged to someone else. Marrocco, who was blown up in 2009, is the first soldier to receive a double arm transplant — and just the seventh successful recipient in the United States. Marrocco didn’t have any physical sensation of the plastic ball in his hands, but he managed a pretty good ...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/soldier-injured-in-bomb-blast...

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