Watch: Marine who received arm transplant shows them being used for first time

Marine Sgt. John Peck’s life changed forever when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2010. Peck had no idea that one step would trigger a blast, taking both his arms and legs.

Before serving in Afghanistan he had already served in Iraq, where he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) for which he was awarded one of his two Purple Hearts.

In August, a team of twelve surgeons worked for 14 hours to transplant two donor arms to Peck. During the bilateral arm transplant, the two arms were surgically connected to Peck’s body near his elbows.

“Would I ever imagine being here? No. I still to this day tell people about the arm transplant, and they say, ‘Whoa, they can do that?’ And I say, ‘Yeah, they can do face, limbs,’ ” Peck said after the surgery. “People think it’s sci-fi.”

To all those who were in disbelief, the proof is here and still quite unbelievable.

On Monday, the 31-year-old wounded veteran released the first video of him using his new arms. Grinning from ear to ear, Peck can be seen moving his arms side to side just four months after undergoing the surgery.

Peck’s recovery can be followed on Facebook at John Peck’s Journey.

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