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Double arm transplant veteran shows off new arms

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Former Army soldier Brendan Marroccao is first service member to receive double arm transplant . (Source: CNN) Former Army soldier Brendan Marroccao is first service member to receive double arm transplant . (Source: CNN)

BALTIMORE (CNN) - A former soldier is now the first service member to have a double-arm transplant.

Brendan Marrocco, 26, lost all four limbs in 2009 to a makeshift roadside bomb in Iraq.

Last month, doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore joined his muscle, bone, skin and nerves with the arms of a deceased donor during a marathon surgery.

The veteran showed off his new arms on Tuesday.

He says he can't wait to get back to doing regular things.

"Driving, absolutely. Driving. I used to love to drive and it was a lot of fun for me so I'm really looking forward to getting back to that and just becoming an athlete again. I'd love to - one of my goals is definitely to hand cycle a marathon, so, yeah, I would love to get back to that."

He continued, "Now, I can move my (left) elbow. This was my elbow, the one I had before. I can rotate a little bit. This (right) arm is pretty much not much movement at all, not yet at least. Hopefully, we are hopeful for the future to get some pretty good function out of it, out of both of them. They say that the military is professional athletes. Just very not well paid athletes."

Marrocco is one of only seven people in the U.S. who have undergone successful double arm transplants.

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