Man Who Receives Double Arm Transplant Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Chef

John Peck underwent a 14-hour transplant surgery in August
John Peck

John Peck

Peck said he has dreamed of becoming a chef since he was 12 years old.

John Peck, a Marine veteran, is now one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a chef thanks to a double arm transplant performed in August.

Peck, 31, stepped on an explosive device in Afghanistan in 2010 and became a quadruple amputee, ABC News detailed. Now, he is undergoing rigorous therapy in an effort to develop sensation in his new limbs.

“It is difficult to predict exact how much function will return,” said Dr. Simon Talbot, the lead surgeon on Peck’s procedure. However, Talbot expects that Peck “should be able to perform routine daily activity.”

The new limbs also mean a chance for Peck to pursue his childhood dream. “My dream job since I was 12 is to become a chef,” he said.

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“What means more to me than all of that… I will be able to hold Jessica's hand and be able to feel it,” he said of finally being able to feel his fiancee’s hand in his. “That is a precious gift.”