BALTIMORE, Md. — January 28, 2013 - On Facebook, he describes himself as a "wounded warrior...very wounded."
Brendan Marrocco was the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War, and doctors revealed Monday that he's received a double-arm transplant.
Those new arms "already move a little," he tweeted a month after the operation.
Marrocco, a 26-year-old New Yorker, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. He had the transplant Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his father said Monday.
Alex Marrocco said his son does not want to talk with reporters until a news conference today at the hospital, but the younger Marrocco has repeatedly mentioned the transplant on Twitter and posted photos.
"Ohh yeah today has been one month since my surgery and they already move a little," Brendan Marrocco tweeted Jan. 18.
Responding to a tweet from NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, he wrote: "dude I can't tell you how exciting this is for me. I feel like I finally get to start over."
The infantryman 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.Service member is first to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war. read more>>>
January 29, 2013 - The most amazing story we saw Tuesday involves a courageous young U.S. Army sergeant severely wounded in Iraq and the incredible surgery that gave him arms back.
Not prosthetic arms, but two real human arms.
The operation on 26-year-old Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of New York was performed in December. read more>>>
Former solider and Iraq war veteran Sgt. Brendan Marrocco is the recent recepient of a double arm transplant, which took place at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Marrocco lost all of his limbs during a roadside bomb attack in the spring of 2009. Gwen Ifill talks with Dr. Jaimie Shores, director of hand transplantation at Johns Hopkins. Transcript>>>