Marine’s Arm Saved by Cadaver Nerve Graft Surgery

By Yolanda R. Arrington
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Georgia Marine awarded Silver Star for heroic actions in Afghanistan Marines apply a tourniquet and pressure dressing to Woodstock, Ga., native, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole (center) after he was shot twice in the left arm. This photo was taken during a firefight in Marjah, Afghanistan after a patrol came under fire from enemy insurgents. Six of the 10 service members on the patrol were wounded, yet Cole continued to provide suppressing fire toward enemy positions to ensure the safety of his fellow Marines. (Photo courtesy of II Marine Expeditionary Force)

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole was serving in Afghanistan when he came under enemy attack. He and a few others from his unit were hit in the gunfire. The bullets ripped his left arm to shreds, severing his ulnar nerve.

About a week after the attack, Cole became one of the first patients in the world to receive a groundbreaking nerve graft surgery. And, it worked.

The latest “Armed with Science” episode of Defense TV details how surgeons were able to use nerve tissue from a cadaver to save Cole’s arm.

Some of the images in the video are graphic and may be disturbing to some viewers.

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