By Britt Bickel

A former U.S. soldier is sporting a new pair of arms thanks to an incredible double arm transplant after losing four limbs in a bomb blast while serving in Iraq.

Brendan Marrocco, 26, from Staten Island, NY is only the seventh person in the U.S. to undergo a successful arm transplant, and he is now opening up for the first time since his surgery in December about his long recovery after the blast.

“My arms have given me a lot of hope. They feel great,” Marrocco said in a briefing from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, according to USA Today. “Don’t have any pain anymore. Currently I don’t have any feeling yet, but we’ll get there. I can move my wrist a little bit.”

Marrocco lost both legs above the knees, his left arm below and his right arm above the elbow after a roadside bomb struck the military vehicle he was driving in Iraq. The 13-hour transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins on Dec. 18 gave Marrocco a new hope and lease on life now that he’ll be able to do the things he loved before the injury.

“I’m looking forward to doing everything I could do before I got hurt,” Marracco said. “I hated not having hands. You do everything with your hands.”

Marrocco is very active and open about his recovery process on his social media sites like Twitter and Instagram. He frequently gives his followers updates on his condition through pictures and optimistic tweets like the one below.


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