WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- A former U.S. soldier who became a quadruple amputee three years ago has received a double arm transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the hospital said Tuesday.
Brendan M. Marrocco, a 26-year-old infantryman lost four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Last month, he had the operation performed by a special team led by Johns Hopkins surgeon Andrew Lee.
Marrocco also received the bone marrow cells from the same deceased donor who provided him new arms. The innovative treatment helps his body prevent rejection of the new limbs with minimal anti-rejection drugs, which can cause infection and organ damage.
It is the hospital's first bilateral arm transplant while Marrocco becomes one of seven people in the United States who have undergone successful double hand transplants, according to the hospital's news release.
Marrocco agrees to participate a study of the new anti-rejection regimenm. With funding from the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine of the U.S. Department of Defense, Lee hopes the study can make the new standard of care for limb and face transplants.