“‘“The arms feel great!” said beaming Iraq War vet Brendan Marrocco, as he displayed his new limbs at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he underwent the extraordinary double transplant Dec. 18.
“‘The 26-year-old U.S. soldier who lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack is now celebrated as the Baltimore hospital’s first bilateral arm transplant patient. The innovative treatment, which entails an infusion of the deceased donor’s bone marrow cells, was designed to prevent rejection of the new limbs.’”
“I can’t believe that,” I marveled, “The whole medical thing seems to be leaping forward. I never heard of transplanting limbs before.”
“It’s even better than that,” Elmer replied. “The article says that because the transplanted marrow cells work so well, this guy doesn’t even need anti-rejection drugs. Maybe they’ll be able to do something like that soon for kidney and liver transplants?”
“Not to change subjects,” I added, “but did you hear about the U.S. government trying to sue Standard and Poor’s? I think it is a case of intimidation. I got this article from the BBC.”
“‘Standard & Poor’s says it is to be sued by the US government over the credit ratings agency’s assessment of mortgage bonds before the financial crisis.
“‘The civil lawsuit would focus on S&P’s high ratings in 2007 for some mortgage-backed securities that later collapsed in value, said the agency.
“‘S&P says the case is entirely without factual or legal merit.
“‘The suit would be the first such case over alleged wrongdoing by a ratings agency tied to the financial crisis.’”
“Sounds like the government is following the trend. Too many crybabies out there,” Elmer opined.
“Yep,” I nodded. “You know, the government spends money like many Americans, living in debt. Many Americans whine to the government and demand their entitlements, and now the government is whining elsewhere. Something is wrong with this picture when leaders imitate followers.”