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Quadruple Amputee Gives Inspiring Speech

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Washington, D.C.-Four years after losing all his limbs in Afghanistan, a military vet could be getting ready to undergo a double arm and leg transplant in Boston.

But first, he's inspiring a group of sixth graders in Washington, D.C.

Some of the students at D.C.’s Alice Deal Middle School got a surprise visit from a most unusual military veteran.

Marine Sgt. John Peck served, and was wounded in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a classroom packed with sixth graders listened, Peck was brutally honest about waking up after months of sedation to learn that both of his legs and both of his arms had been blown off.

"I used some very bad language. I told nurses to get out of my room. I did not want anyone around me. I hated everyone. That was probably one of the worst days," Peck said.

Peck's visit to Deal Middle School was an idea hatched by a couple of sixth graders who had made family visits to wounded warriors.

"We went to the Super Bowl event at Walter Reed. And we got to know some of the soldiers, and we were so inspired by them. And we just loved to hear all of their stories. And we thought all of our classmates would love to hear them as well," student Michaela Herdoiza said.

The quadruple amputee told the sixth-graders: one day he simply decided to stop feeling sorry for himself, and, from then on he became a happy person.

"I look forward to being married in November," he said.

The retired marine answered numerous questions about how he navigates through the day with no arms and no legs.

He told the kids: he would not change his life choices.

That prompted a comment from one of the sixth-graders.

John Peck's service to his nation (and perhaps to the world) may not be finished.

He has volunteered to be the world's first quadruple limb transplant patient at a hospital in Boston.

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