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US Soldier Who Lost His Limbs In Afghanistan Receives Double Arm Transplant After 6 Years 

A US Marine sergeant John Peck, 31, lost all his four limbs in Afghanistan six years ago. He stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2010 due to which he lost both his legs and his right arm at the same time. Later, the US soldier lost his left arm due to infection. Peck underwent a life-changing operation and received double arm transplant.

Read on to know the heartwarming story of the brave soldier John Peck.

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US Soldier Who Lost His Limbs In Afghanistan Receives Double
Arm Transplant After 6 Years 

US Soldier Who Lost His Limbs In Afghanistan Receives Double Arm Transplant After 6 Years 

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John Peck accidentally stood on home-made bomb of Afghanistan and lost his four limbs in 2010.  

John Peck accidentally stood on home-made bomb of Afghanistan and lost his four limbs in 2010.  

He spent 6 years of his life as a quadruple amputee. 

Recently, the veteran soldier underwent 14 hour long operation to get new arms. 

Recently, the veteran soldier underwent 14 hour long operation to
get new arms. 

Peck would need to stay around 9-12 months in rehab in order to make his limbs functional. 

Nonetheless, doctors said that Peck is making great progress. 

Nonetheless, doctors said that Peck is making great
progress. 

The 31-year-old veteran explained, "As soon as Dr Talbot called me, I knew, and I just broke down. I was crying because I was happy. But then my mind switched and it became... I mean, somebody died. I just want the donor family to know that this gift is not going to go to waste at all. I looked down; it seemed natural. It was just a perfect match. The skin colour is a perfect match. The size, of course, I had swelling, but the size is a perfect match. Everything was just perfect." 

This life-changing surgery took place at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. 

This life-changing surgery took place at Brigham and Women's
Hospital in Boston. 

A team of 12 surgeons and another dozen of different specialists performed a bilateral arm transplant for nearly 14 hours at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. 

Peck will be learning how to lift his arms, fingers etc. at the rehab. 

Peck will be learning how to lift his arms, fingers etc. at the rehab. 

US soldier can't stop staring at his perfect arms which match his skin tone and body. He will also be learning the tactic of using a fork and holding a pen at the rehab. 

The 31-year-old veteran hated his artificial limbs and wanted to get rid of them. 

The 31-year-old veteran hated his artificial limbs and wanted to get rid of them. 

Peck explained, "I wanted to move forward with my life. It's kind of been on a time-out right now." 

It has been a really tough and long journey for the war hero. 

It has been a really tough and long journey for the war hero. 

Peck has now become an inspirational speaker and hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming chef soon. 

After his operation in August, Peck proposed his girlfriend Sara Paker. 

After his operation in August, Peck proposed his girlfriend
Sara Paker. 

He is very excited at the thought of holding his fiancée's hand. 

After spending few months in rehab, the decorated veteran would be able to lead a normal life again. 

After spending few months in rehab, the decorated veteran
would be able to lead a normal life again. 

Let's wish the brave soldier John Peck all the best for his future. God bless him!

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