American Hero – Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco

Brendan Marrocco
Brendan Marrocco

This amazing story of a very courageous soldier should make everyone consider what the men and women in the service sacrifice to keep our homeland safe.

Brendan Marrocco, 26, of Staten Island, N.Y., was the first service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to lose both arms and legs. He was the victim of a roadside bomb.

He received two arm transplants at Johns Hopkins last month. He already has sensation and movement in both arms.

“My arms have given me a lot of hope. They feel great,” Marrocco said in a briefing from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “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.”

Only seven people in the USA, including Brendan Morocco, have undergone successful double arm transplants. The surgery took 13 hours and will take a year for full recovery.

His brother stayed with him throughout his recovery at Walter Reed Hospital. His family is devoted to him.

Last summer, he was given a smart home:

Brendan tells his story: