Jena Greene | Reporter
A Marine Corps veteran with double arm transplants threw out the first pitch during a Military Appreciation Night.
John Peck was a Marine for seven years. But his story about his time after the Corps might be one of the best you’ll read this month.
After recovering from a traumatic brain injury from his first tour in 2007 in Iraq, John re-enlisted and deployed to Afghanistan.
“I stepped on 30 pounds of homemade explosives,” he said. “I instantly lost my right arm above the elbow. I instantly lost both my legs. And then my left arm had what’s called a de-gloving incident. It’s just kind of hanging there by a thread. They had to amputate my left arm. I had a dark spot in my life, [but] there was some part of me that wanted to stay alive.”
So he decided to attempt an experimental, 16-hour surgery and received two arm transplants.
He underwent intensive physical therapy and slowly began to gain use of his new arms.
“It’s a lot of physical work, and then at the same time it’s a lot of like, hold your breath, wait and see kind of thing. Because you have to wait for those nerves to regrow.”
But eventually they did. Little by little, Peck regained mobility and celebrated major milestones, like being able to wiggle his fingers.
And this weekend during the Rockland Boulders’ Military Appreciation Night at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, New York, Peck threw out the first pitch in front of a cheering crowd.
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It’s hard not to get fired up over this story. John Peck might have one of the most incredible comeback stories in history.
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