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Marine veteran, a quad amputee with double arm transplant, meets President Trump

May 16, 2019 - 10:12 am

U.S. Marine veteran Sgt. John Peck - the quadruple amputee who received a double arm transplant  - met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday.

Peck, who was accompanied to the White House by his wife, Jessica, lost all his limbs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2010. Peck just released his new book, “Rebuilding Sergeant Peck: How I Put Body and Soul Back Together After Afghanistan,” which the president touted in a tweet.

Peck's story is almost unbelieveable: in 2007, while on tour in Iraq, Peck suffered a traumatic brain injury in an IED.  He survived the injury, but his memory did not.  He couldn't even remember his own name.

Peck underwent two years of intense physical therapy and training, and in the end, he re-enlisted.  Peck headed back to Afghanistan for another tour.

But in May of 2010, Peck stepped on another IED.  This one took all his limbs.

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Peck said about the injury, “I’m pretty good at finding them (IEDs) apparently, but in the wrong way. I immediately lost my right arm just above the elbow, my left arm was amputated just below the forearm… I lost too much blood. My right leg was amputated just above the knee and my left leg was amputated just below the knee and I caught a wonderful, flesh-eating fungus that ate the rest of my left leg.”

Peck received a double arm transplant at Walter Reed Hospital in 2016.

Peck's book recounts the story of his injuries, his mental and physical struggles, and his battle back after the groundbreaking transplants.

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