Soldier Receives Incredible Double Arm Transplant

Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco lost all four limbs in an explosion while serving in Iraq. After a 13-hour surgery, he’s currently working through physical therapy with a brand-new pair of arms.

1. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco, a 26-year-old from Staten Island, New York, lost four limbs in an explosion while serving overseas.

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2. These photos were taken in July before the surgery, with Brendan sporting a prosthetic arm.

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3. Brendan found out late last year he would be eligible for a complex marathon surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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4. On Dec. 18, Brendan underwent a 13-hour double-arm transplant, only the seventh such procedure in U.S. history.

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5. Brendan documented the long and arduous process on Instagram: “About a week after surgery. Was very swollen. Badass #scars”

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6. “3 plates about 20 screws and about 4 feet of new scars and I have arms again.”

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7. There have only been 60 patients around the world who have received arm transplants.

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8. Something Brendan no doubt appreciates, as evidenced by this tweet from earlier in January.

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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