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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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He spent 6 years of his life as a quadruple amputee.
Peck would need to stay around 9-12 months in rehab in order to make his limbs functional.
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."
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.
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.
Peck explained, "I wanted to move forward with my life. It's kind of been on a time-out right now."
Peck has now become an inspirational speaker and hopes to fulfill his dream of becoming chef soon.
He is very excited at the thought of holding his fiancée's hand.