Boston hospital performs double arm transplant on Marine

Sgt. John Beck lost his arms and legs six years ago.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital has successfully performed a double arm transplant on a former Marine who lost his limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Sgt. John Peck is scheduled to hold a news conference at the hospital on Wednesday along with key members of the medical team that performed the surgery.

Peck lost both legs and his left arm when he stepped on a homemade bomb in May 2010. He later lost the other arm due to an infection. He was in a coma for three months and it took him two years to recover.

Peck is originally from Illinois and now lives in Virginia.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, a leading transplant center, hand and arm transplants have been performed on more than 85 people around the world.

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