‘I can’t wait to hold my fiancee’s hand.’ said former marine and decorated veteran John Peck after his arm transplant surgery. He lost all four of his limbs after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in 2010.
12 months after his surgery, doctors informed him they’d found an arm donor. ‘As soon as Dr Talbot called me, I knew, and I just broke down. I was crying because I was happy. But then my mind switched and it became… I mean, somebody died. I just want [the donor family] to know that this gift, it’s not going to go to waste at all.
John is obviously extremely excited, and ready to get a new start in his life. ‘I wanted to move forward with my life,’ he said. ‘It’s kind of been on a time-out right now.’ John currently travels the country motivating people with his story, and is happy he can now train to become a chef.
‘I loved them the minute I looked at them,’ he said. I looked down, it seemed natural. It was just a perfect match. The skin color is a perfect match, the size – of course I had swelling but the size is a perfect match. Everything was just perfect.’