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US Soldier has double arm transplant

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Brendan had a double arm transplant recently. He also received bone marrow from the deceased donor of his arms; a therapy intended to help his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication. "The maximum speed is an inch a month for nerve regeneration," Dr W P Andrew Lee, who led the 13-hour surgery last month at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, told a news conference on Tuesday. They will have to wait a year to see how successful the surgery has been.

Brendan had prosthetic legs but said "You talk with your hands. You do everything with your hands, basically, and when you don't have that, you're kind of lost for a while". He said that he was looking forward to returning to driving and swimming after the transplant.

This is amazing surgery. This man has shown such strength and courage and it is good to see him getting some function back.

Patricia Wakeford


Clinical negligence team



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