Updated 01/29/2013 05:27 PM
Local Iraq War Veteran Says Double Arm Transplant Is "Just Fantastic"
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Iraq war veteran Brendan Marrocco, a native of Staten Island answered questions in Baltimore on Tuesday, about his double arm transplant.
The 26-year-old former soldier, who received the transplant at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in December, lost his arms and legs in 2009 to a roadside bomb.
"It's something that I was waiting for for a long time, and now that it finally happened I, I really don't know what to say, because it is just such a big thing for my life and it's just fantastic," Marrocco said.
Doctors said it may take up to three years for Marrocco to gain the full range of motion in his new arms.
He said he is looking forward to driving his muscle car and participating in hand-cycling marathons.
Marrocco had been living in a specially designed home in the Prince's Bay section of Staten Island with his brother until it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.