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Marine vet who received double arm transplant thankful

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A Marine veteran made his way to Wisconsin to meet a group of strangers who’d changed his life after an IED blast.

In May 2010, Sgt John Pecks lost his legs and left arm when he stepped on an IED while on duty in Afghanistan.

“Doctors at one point told my family, ‘hey, get everyone here. He’s got minutes. Not hours, not days, not weeks. He’s got minutes to live,’” Sgt. Pecks tells TMJ4.

Pecks was in a coma for three months. It took him about two years to recover.

After recovering from the blast, Pecks received a double arm transplant at the Bringham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in 2016.

Pecks has continued to defy the odds after being only one of two people in the world to have undergone the procedure.

The Southern Wisconsin All-Airborne Chapter raised money for Pecks’ recovery and continue to do so on behalf of other wounded warriors.

“100 percent of what we raise actually goes to the wounded warriors at Walter Reed, and some in Houston, Texas,” Boring says. “The checks are hand-delivered to them at the hospital, “says Dan Boring in the news piece.

Pecks made this trip to share his gratitude with the organization.

He one day hopes to attend culinary school and become a chef.

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