|Double arm transplant recipient John Peck with his fiancée Jessica Paker. (Photo: Getty Images)|
A former Marine sergeant who had a double arm transplant is happy that he can now hold his fiancee’s hand. John Peck, 31, received his new arms from a deceased organ donor during a 13-hour surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Peck said in a press conference Wednesday that he’s grateful to the family of the deceased man who donated his arms. “Your loved one’s death will not be for nothing,” he said. “Every day that I look down at our new arms, I will drive on…and I will never give up. I will remember his selflessness and his gift until the day I die.”
Peck became a triple amputee after he stepped on a homemade bomb in Afghanistan in 2010. He later lost his other arm due an infection.
During the surgery, the right donor arm was attached to Peck’s right arm just above the elbow, and the left arm was attached below Peck’s left elbow. Peck says his new arms feel good, but they don’t feel like his yet. “They will,” he added, noting that he has a slight sensation in them, which doctors say should improve over time. Continue reading
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