NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A soldier who lost all four limbs in an Iraq roadside bombing on Easter Sunday in 2009 has two new arms following a “life changing” double transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, Marrocco on Tuesday was celebrating what many take for granted.READ MORE: 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Wins Big As Broadway Celebrates The 74th Annual Tony Awards
“It’s something I was wanting for a long time,” Marrocco said. “And when it finally happened, I really didn’t know what to say, because it’s such a big thing for my life. It’s just fantastic.”
It is also miraculous. The 26-year-old Army veteran lost both arms and both legs in a roadside bombing in Iraq four years ago. He was the first soldier to survive losing all four limbs in the Iraq War.
“I died three times, and came back,” he said.
Marrocco, a Staten Island native, joined the surgeons who treated him to discuss the new limbs at the Baltimore hospital on Tuesday.
“It’s given me a lot of hope for the future,” Marrocco said. “I feel like I’m getting a second chance to start over after I got hurt. I’m excited for the future and see where I can go with it.”