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Submission + - Doctors practiced US soldier's 13 hour double arm transplant four times-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: In April 2009 Brendan Marrocco suffered serious injuries when his unit’s vehicle was hit by an Explosive Fired Projectile (EFP) while undertaking a night mission in Iraq. Brendan survived, but his injuries meant doctors had to amputate both his arms and legs. The fact that he recovered at all is amazing, but as of yesterday Brendan has his arms back due to a compatible donor and a successful double arm transplant.

The 13 hour operation (including attaching the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, blood vessels, and finally the skin of both arms) was preceded by months of planning, which included the doctors carrying out the full operation four times using cadavers. Such careful planning and practice is essential, as even one mistake could have seen the new arms rejected and Brendan potentially suffering complications because of it.

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Doctors practiced US soldier's 13 hour double arm transplant four times

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