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Old 01-28-2013, 05:45 PM   #213
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Different news than normal:


A soldier who lost all his limbs got two new arms

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The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant.
Brendan Marrocco had the operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his father said Monday. The 26-year-old Marrocco, who is from New York City, 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.
The military is sponsoring operations like these to help wounded troops. About 300 have lost arms or hands in the wars.


I knew that occasionally there are hand transplants and such. But I didn't know modern medicine did whole arms now. Impressive.
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