Brendan Marrocco, US quadruple amputee, gets new arms

Brendan Marrocco, US quadruple amputee, gets new arms   The first US soldier to survive losing four limbs in Iraq has said he is looking forward to swimming and driving after having a double arm transplant. Brendan Marrocco, 26, was injured by a roadside bomb in 2009. He also received bone marrow from the deceased donor of his arms, a therapy intended to help his body accept the new limbs with minimal medication. His surgeon says it will take more than a year to know how fully Mr Marrocco will be able to use the new arms. “The maximum...
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Mucho Macho Man and his trainer: a Derby story with heart

Mucho Macho Man and his trainer: a Derby story with heart (CNN) — Each morning about 5, every morning without fail, Kathy Ritvo is at the track, always the most dependable 100-to-1 shot on the grounds. On the backside — that musky, muddy village where the horses live — she finds life, too. “I don’t miss any days,” she said. “I love it. It keeps me busy; it keeps my mind busy. I’m not a transplant patient when I’m at the barn, I’m a trainer.” You’ve never heard of any horse she has...
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A new liver. A new life. A triathlete is born

A new liver. A new life. A triathlete is born My education regarding organ donation came fast and furiously, and after I had received the gift of life.   The pink dot has always been on my driver’s license; it seemed like “the right thing to do”.  I had no idea the implications of that simple dot.  I had no idea of the size of the transplant waiting list.  I had no idea of the nature of the decision that would be made by a family faced with honoring the profound vision behind the dot. My liver died suddenly for reasons that I...
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