Soldier talks about new arms after double arm transplant

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM

BALTIMORE, Md. -- A former soldier is now the first service member to have a double arm transplant.

Brendan Marracco, 26, lost all four limbs in 2009 when a roadside bomb exploded during his service in Iraq.

Doctors at Johns Hopkins attached the donor arms last month.

On Tuesday, Marracco said he can't wait to get back to living life.

“I used to love to drive and it was a lot of fun for me, so I'm really looking forward to getting back to that,” said Marracco. “I just want to get to the point that I can be completely on my own and just get back to enjoying life.”

Marrocco is one of only seven people in the US who have undergone a successful double arm transplant.

He said he doesn't know much about the donor, but is certainly humbled by the "gift."

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