US soldier who lost all limbs gets new arms

'One of my goals is to hand-cycle a marathon'

The first US soldier to survive losing four limbs in Iraq has said he is looking forward to swimming and driving after having a double arm transplant.

Brendan Marrocco, 26, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009.

He also received bone marrow from the deceased donor of his arms, a therapy intended to help his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication.

His surgeon says it will take more than a year to know how fully Mr Marrocco will be able to use the new arms.


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