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A Miracle for a Hero

Uploaded on January 29, 2013

I was just watching the news conference at John Hopkins Hospital and it touched me greatly. Sgt. Brandan Morrocco lost both arms and both legs in an IUD attack in Iraq on Easter sunday in 2009. A couple weeks ago a team of surgeons attached two donor arms for Brandan. This has only been done once or twice before and then only one limb. The Dr.s are very optimistic that the surgeries were a success. He has a very limited use of them both now and can feel that he has arms. He says he knows it is going to be a long journey but he is up to the task. The Dr. said the nerves will grow at the rate of 1 inch a year or somewhat less but that is better than nothing at all. He was given a bone marrow transplant from the donor so he has to take only one anti-rejection drug instead of the usual 4 or 5. My nephew has had two liver transpants and he has had to take 4 anti-rejection drugs and they can cause other problems. Please keep this brave veteran in your thoughts and prayers for a full recovery, He deserves the best.

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Wow that's a big step up from prosthetic limbs, although donor limbs are probably harder to come by than hearts and other transplant organs.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Yeah I saw this on this morning's news.
Dr. said Brandan has the most stubborn "I will not give up" attitude he's ever seen.
Amazing!

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Yeah I saw this on this morning's news.
Dr. said Brandan has the most stubborn "I will not give up" attitude he's ever seen.
Amazing!

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Hi...

Yes, I saw the TV video about him.

Extremely bad fortune to have lost both arms and legs. Extremely good luck to have had not only a donor of two arms...but to have had them successfully attached and functioning.

Way to go Sarge...best of luck to you. May you forever keep improving.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Bad news for my nephew. The first liver that he had lasted 11 years. The one he has now he has had for only 3 years. There is a disease in his body that is attacking and destroying the livers. The Dr. at John Hopkins is going to make a decision this coming Mon.(Feb. 4) whether to try and give him another liver. His body has deteriorated and he has lost alot of weight and the Dr. dosen't know if he can endure the operation. The sad thing is that if he dosen't get another liver soon he problbly won't see this years' garden planting season. He and my niece have two young children , a son 10 and a daughter 7.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge,
please inform your nephew and his family that he is in my prayers.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Mine too, Sarge!

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from 007 wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Ditto from the other side of the hump.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

And from Up North.

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from cb bob wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Prayer's and blessings to your nephew and his family

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge
We are praying for your nephew.

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

That's terrible Sarge.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

They had to rush my nephew to John Hopkins Hospital Sunday he was bleeding internally. They got the bleeding stopped and his transplant Dr. came to see him and told him that he is going to get him another liver. I just don't see how he can endure the operation. He is down to 109 pounds now. We have counted him down and out before. When I see how he had pulled out of these situations before I am convinced that there is a higher power that has a purpose for him here on earth. He has a long way to go but there is a glimmer of hope.

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge you can count my prayers in with the crowd. I have a friend in the same boat as your son, on top of being ADHD, his heart beats backwards and he has cirrhosis of the liver (not from drinking, more than likely from medicine), he is the oldest person known to have this particular heart condition so everything they do is experimental, he is around 25 years old. They don't expect him to be with us much longer, but they've been wrong about him before!

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge I know all to well what its like to have family in that type of situation. One of my little ones has had 17 surgeries in her 8 years. Its tough. I wish you and yours the best.

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

M8CB- 10jo- Sarge- your families and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as well.

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Thanks Pray- hunt- work. The young man has been a strong voice for God in school and everywhere else, his father is a preacher and just to see my friend keep his faith strong has helped me many times when life gets hard. So remember everyone, A downtrodden man needs only to see a more downtrodden man to feel good about his life. God bless, Dios te bendiga.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

My nephew recovered and is now home waiting for a transplant. His Dr. says that giving someone a third liver is unsual but he is willing to try. My nephew has no recourse but to try we only hope he is strong enough for the operation,

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Sarge in the medical field it usually is two strikes and your out three transplants are kind of rare because of the difficulty in finding organs for the surgery. I hope and pray your nephew makes it through the operation fine and comes out stronger than ever! Be sure to let us know how it all turns out.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 4 weeks ago

I just came back from a trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital( 3 1/2 hour drive 1 way ) visiting my nephew. Outstanding news. Last Tue a week ago he received his third liver and second kidney. He is doing great. With all of the machines still hooked up we took a walk completely around the floor he is staying on. His Doctors are amazed that he is doing so well. He looks great and is in good spirits. He is supposed to come home some time in the next two weeks. I thought I might run into Dr. Ben Carson today at Johns Hopkins so I could shake his hand for the outstanding insight he has about our country and the way he is trying to enlighten the chosen one. I think the chosen one should listen to him maybe he would learn something. Back to my nephew he has an iron will to live and it shows. He is a minister and puts his faith in the Lord to pull him through this latest setback. The Doctors say he may be right because it's working.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago

Great news Sarge!

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Hi...

Yes, I saw the TV video about him.

Extremely bad fortune to have lost both arms and legs. Extremely good luck to have had not only a donor of two arms...but to have had them successfully attached and functioning.

Way to go Sarge...best of luck to you. May you forever keep improving.

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from cb bob wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Prayer's and blessings to your nephew and his family

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Wow that's a big step up from prosthetic limbs, although donor limbs are probably harder to come by than hearts and other transplant organs.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Yeah I saw this on this morning's news.
Dr. said Brandan has the most stubborn "I will not give up" attitude he's ever seen.
Amazing!

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Yeah I saw this on this morning's news.
Dr. said Brandan has the most stubborn "I will not give up" attitude he's ever seen.
Amazing!

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 12 weeks ago

Bad news for my nephew. The first liver that he had lasted 11 years. The one he has now he has had for only 3 years. There is a disease in his body that is attacking and destroying the livers. The Dr. at John Hopkins is going to make a decision this coming Mon.(Feb. 4) whether to try and give him another liver. His body has deteriorated and he has lost alot of weight and the Dr. dosen't know if he can endure the operation. The sad thing is that if he dosen't get another liver soon he problbly won't see this years' garden planting season. He and my niece have two young children , a son 10 and a daughter 7.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge,
please inform your nephew and his family that he is in my prayers.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Mine too, Sarge!

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from 007 wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Ditto from the other side of the hump.

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from chuckles wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

And from Up North.

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from jhjimbo wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge
We are praying for your nephew.

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from rock rat wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

That's terrible Sarge.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

They had to rush my nephew to John Hopkins Hospital Sunday he was bleeding internally. They got the bleeding stopped and his transplant Dr. came to see him and told him that he is going to get him another liver. I just don't see how he can endure the operation. He is down to 109 pounds now. We have counted him down and out before. When I see how he had pulled out of these situations before I am convinced that there is a higher power that has a purpose for him here on earth. He has a long way to go but there is a glimmer of hope.

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge you can count my prayers in with the crowd. I have a friend in the same boat as your son, on top of being ADHD, his heart beats backwards and he has cirrhosis of the liver (not from drinking, more than likely from medicine), he is the oldest person known to have this particular heart condition so everything they do is experimental, he is around 25 years old. They don't expect him to be with us much longer, but they've been wrong about him before!

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from 1ojolsen wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Sarge I know all to well what its like to have family in that type of situation. One of my little ones has had 17 surgeries in her 8 years. Its tough. I wish you and yours the best.

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from Pray- hunt-work wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

M8CB- 10jo- Sarge- your families and friends are in my thoughts and prayers as well.

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Thanks Pray- hunt- work. The young man has been a strong voice for God in school and everywhere else, his father is a preacher and just to see my friend keep his faith strong has helped me many times when life gets hard. So remember everyone, A downtrodden man needs only to see a more downtrodden man to feel good about his life. God bless, Dios te bendiga.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

My nephew recovered and is now home waiting for a transplant. His Dr. says that giving someone a third liver is unsual but he is willing to try. My nephew has no recourse but to try we only hope he is strong enough for the operation,

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from mspl8sdcntryboy wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Sarge in the medical field it usually is two strikes and your out three transplants are kind of rare because of the difficulty in finding organs for the surgery. I hope and pray your nephew makes it through the operation fine and comes out stronger than ever! Be sure to let us know how it all turns out.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 4 weeks ago

I just came back from a trip to Johns Hopkins Hospital( 3 1/2 hour drive 1 way ) visiting my nephew. Outstanding news. Last Tue a week ago he received his third liver and second kidney. He is doing great. With all of the machines still hooked up we took a walk completely around the floor he is staying on. His Doctors are amazed that he is doing so well. He looks great and is in good spirits. He is supposed to come home some time in the next two weeks. I thought I might run into Dr. Ben Carson today at Johns Hopkins so I could shake his hand for the outstanding insight he has about our country and the way he is trying to enlighten the chosen one. I think the chosen one should listen to him maybe he would learn something. Back to my nephew he has an iron will to live and it shows. He is a minister and puts his faith in the Lord to pull him through this latest setback. The Doctors say he may be right because it's working.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 3 weeks ago

Great news Sarge!

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