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U.S. soldier who lost four limbs leaves hospital with transplant arms

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, is pictured during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. With him are Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee (R) and Johns Hopkins Medicine's Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program Scientific Director Gerald Brandacher. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, is pictured during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The Johns...more

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, is pictured during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. With him are Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee (R) and Johns Hopkins Medicine's Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program Scientific Director Gerald Brandacher. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, reacts during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, reacts during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John...more

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, reacts during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, speaks during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, speaks during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John...more

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, speaks during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee speaks during a news conference about the double arm transplants performed on U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee speaks during a news conference about the double arm transplants performed on U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who...more

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee speaks during a news conference about the double arm transplants performed on U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee (C) speaks during a news conference about the double arm transplants performed on U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco (L) of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. Also pictured is Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Assistant Professor Jaimie Shores. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee (C) speaks during a news conference about the double arm transplants performed on U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco (L) of Staten Island, New...more

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee (C) speaks during a news conference about the double arm transplants performed on U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco (L) of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. Also pictured is Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Assistant Professor Jaimie Shores. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco (C) of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, speaks during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. With him are: (L-R) U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Patrick L. Basile at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine's Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program Scientific Director Gerald Brandacher, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Assistant Professor Jaimie Shores. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco (C) of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, speaks during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John...more

U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco (C) of Staten Island, New York, who lost his four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq, speaks during a news conference after receiving double arm transplants, performed by a Hopkins medical team at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. With him are: (L-R) U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Patrick L. Basile at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine's Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Program Scientific Director Gerald Brandacher, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine's Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Director W.P. Andrew Lee, and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Assistant Professor Jaimie Shores. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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Alex and Michelle Marrocco, parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco whom received double arm transplants performed by a Hopkins medical team, are interviewed by a journalist during a news conference at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

Alex and Michelle Marrocco, parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco whom received double arm transplants performed by a Hopkins medical team, are interviewed by a journalist during a news conference at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore,...more

Alex and Michelle Marrocco, parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco whom received double arm transplants performed by a Hopkins medical team, are interviewed by a journalist during a news conference at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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Alex (2nd L) and Michelle Marrocco, parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco whom received double arm transplants performed by a Hopkins medical team, are interviewed during a news conference at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana

Alex (2nd L) and Michelle Marrocco, parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco whom received double arm transplants performed by a Hopkins medical team, are interviewed during a news conference at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland...more

Alex (2nd L) and Michelle Marrocco, parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco whom received double arm transplants performed by a Hopkins medical team, are interviewed during a news conference at The John Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland January 29, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Luis Magana
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