People dream of a lot of things, but one soldier dreams of shaking Blake Shelton’s hand. It may seem like a simple enough request, but this soldier has one heck of a story.
In 2009, Amy vet Brendan Marrocco was serving in Iraq when his armored vehicle was bombed. Tristate news learned he lost both of his arms and both of his legs, but he survived, becoming the first U.S. service member to live through a quadruple amputation.
And just six weeks ago Brendan became the first person to have a double-arm transplant performed at John Hopkins Hospital. There have only been seven successful double-arm transplants in the US to date.
“It’s given me a lot of hope for the future,” said Brendan. “I feel like I’m given a chance to start over after I got hurt.”
With his new arms and his future looking brighter, he’d like his first handshake to be with Blake Shelton (not including his wonderful doctors).
A fan of Blake’s who heard about the story tweeted him and Blake immediately contacted Brendan directly.
It looks like that handshake is definitely going to happen.
-Ashley Quadros, CBS Local