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Crusader 01-28-2013 12:17 PM

Soldier who lost 4 limbs has double-arm transplant
 
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE
AP Chief Medical Writer
The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant in Baltimore.

His father says Brendan Marrocco (muh-ROCK-oh) had the operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Marrocco is 26 and lives in New York City. He was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009.

He also received bone marrow from the same dead donor who supplied his new arms. That novel approach is 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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I am so hoping that this works well for him.

WhoDat!656 01-28-2013 08:33 PM

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Same here!

And thanks for your service to our country!!

Crusader 01-29-2013 05:00 AM

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The medical developments we are seeing nowadays are just awesome. Just the thought of reattaching or replacing a limb that was cut of is amazing. Athroscopic surgery is changing how knees and other joints are repaired greatly reducing the risks of infection. Heart surgery through tubes inserted in the groin area instead of sawing the ribcage open.
Truly amazing.

SloMotion 01-29-2013 05:50 AM

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What a trooper. <salute>

With all the medical advances/technology, I wonder if the plan is to attempt leg transplants at a later date as well. It would be a historic breakthrough for medicine, I think.

Crusader 01-29-2013 07:02 AM

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Originally Posted by SloMotion (Post 476146)
What a trooper. <salute>

With all the medical advances/technology, I wonder if the plan is to attempt leg transplants at a later date as well. It would be a historic breakthrough for medicine, I think.

Sure would be. And with stem cell rsearch about to take off I believe spinal cord injuries and paralyzis will be curable in the next 20 years.

Crusader 01-30-2013 07:06 AM

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BBC News - Brendan Marrocco, US quadruple amputee, gets new arms

Soldier looks forward to driving, swimming with both arms | Fox News

Mardigras9 01-30-2013 08:48 AM

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That is a great story, good for him.


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