The Happiness Challenge

In 2009 Brendan Marrocco was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He is the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War. He was given prosthetic legs after he was wounded, but he hated not having arms.

"You talk with your hands, you do everything with your hands,” Brendan commented, “and when you don't have that, you're kind of lost for a while."

In December, 2012 Brendan underwent a grueling, 13-hour surgery giving him new arms. Human nerves regenerate at a rate of an inch per month, so using his new arms will be a gradual process. But Brendan is looking forward to being able to drive again and wants to eventually be able to compete in a marathon using a hand cycle. "I just want to get the most out of these arms.”

"He's a young man with a tremendous amount of hope” Dr. Jamie Shores, the hospital's clinical director of hand transplantation said. “And he's stubborn, stubborn in a good way. He's not going to let anyone tell him he can't do something."...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

The Happiness Challenge

In 2009 Brendan Marrocco was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He is the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War. He was given prosthetic legs after he was wounded, but he hated not having arms.

"You talk with your hands, you do everything with your hands,” Brendan commented, “and when you don't have that, you're kind of lost for a while."

In December, 2012 Brendan underwent a grueling, 13-hour surgery giving him new arms. Human nerves regenerate at a rate of an inch per month, so using his new arms will be a gradual process. But Brendan is looking forward to being able to drive again and wants to eventually be able to compete in a marathon using a hand cycle. "I just want to get the most out of these arms.”

"He's a young man with a tremendous amount of hope” Dr. Jamie Shores, the hospital's clinical director of hand transplantation said. “And he's stubborn, stubborn in a good way. He's not going to let anyone tell him he can't do something."...

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.