Brendon Marrocco Research Paper

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Brendon Marrocco, from Staten Island, New York, enlisted in the United States Army on
January 15, 2008. He was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, for basic training the following May.
After completion, Marrocco volunteered to serve in the Army Infantry and was assigned to the
3rd Brigade, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Regiment of the 25th Infantry Division based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. In late October 2008, as a private first class, Marrocco’s unit deployed to Iraq, where he was stationed at Forward Operating Base Summerall, to serve a twelve-month deployment. This is where his life would take a drastic turn. One night, after returning to base from a mission on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009, Marrocco and his close friend Michael Anaya were driving in an armored vehicle when they accidentally triggered a roadside bomb. Anaya was killed instantly, while both of Marrocco’s arms and legs were completely severed. Other injuries he received included a severed left carotid artery; fractured nose, left eye socket and facial bones; shrapnel and burns to the face and eyes, among many others. Medics immediately applied tourniquets to his severed limbs to prevent further blood loss and infused intravenous fluids to stabilize Marrocco until surgery was possible. He was then flown to the US Army trauma hospital in Tikrit, Iraq. Emergency surgery was performed to repair damage and stop bleeding, blood transfusions replaced blood loss, and antibiotics initiated to ward off any infection from the burns and amputations. From there he was flown to Landstuhl, Germany, and placed in the intensive care unit. According to NANDA, two nursing diagnoses for Marrocco’s survival in the acute injury
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Therapy would consist of

psychosocial and emotional issues to help deal with limb amputations, post traumatic

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