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Video: Soldier who lost all four limbs 'gets life back'

Mark Hughes New York

Published 30/01/2013 | 05:00

AN American soldier who lost all his limbs in the Iraq war has undergone a double arm transplant which doctors say will eventually allow him to regain almost the full use of his hands.

Brendan Marrocco, 26, who was hit by a roadside bomb on Easter Sunday in 2009, was the first soldier to survive quadruple limb loss from the wars in Iraq in Afghanistan.

He has now received two donor arms following a 13-hour operation, which doctors described as the most complex arm transplant performed in the US.

Mr Marrocco spoke for the first time about the procedure, saying that he felt like he had been given "a second chance to start over".

He said that he was looking forward to driving for the first time since his injuries and taking up hand cycling. "I hated not having arms," he said. "Not having arms takes so much away from you. I just want to get to the point where I can be completely on my own and just get back to enjoying life." Mr Marrocco lost both legs above the knee, his left arm below the elbow and his right arm above the elbow. (©Daily Telegraph)

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