"Our group here in Baltimore," Dr. Higgins told a crowded press conference Tuesday, "in collaborating with Dr. Lee's team and Dr. Jaimie Shores' team for the last 18 months, and working together through the technical aspects of this operation, through multiple rehearsals, have come up with what I would think, is the most advanced procedural aspects that bilateral hand transplantation has seen thus far.
"But I think, as much as we can work on all the technical details and the perfecting the medications that the patient will receive afterwards, and try honing down all those things to what we consider perfection, ultimately, the result is going to be determined by the patient, and also the support of his family.
"That's really the reason why most of us, as the surgical team, are so enthusiastic and so optimistic about Branden's prognosis because he's certainly determined."
Marrocco will continue to undergo extensive psychical therapy, including daily six-hour sessions of hand therapy for at least the next two years. The progress will be slow as Marrocco works towards reaching full capacity of function, but the outcome is expected to be positive.
"I feel great. I'm doing a lot better now," said Marrocco. "It gives me a lot of hope for the future."
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