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Materials About VCA Transplants

Vascularized composite allografts (VCAs) are transplants involving several types of tissue. The best-known VCAs are hand, arm, and face transplants, but doctors have also successfully transplanted other parts like abdominal walls and voice boxes. Use the free resources below to learn more about VCAs or to educate others about these exciting innovations in transplant science.

For additional information about Vascularized Composite Allograft organ transplants, see the Face and Hands Transplants page.

 

Web Video

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This video tells the story of Brendan Marrocco, a soldier who lost his limbs in Iraq, and the vascularized composite allografts (VCAs) that restored his freedom.

 

Fact Sheet

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VCA Organ Transplant Fact Sheet

This fact sheet offers an overview of Vascularized Composite Allograft (VCA) organ transplantation. Topics include what VCA organ transplants are, how these transplants work, and answers to commonly asked questions. In both Spanish and English. ePrint on 8-1/2” x 11” paper.

 

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VCA Transplant Print PSAs

 

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The strength of a solder. The hands of a donor

The strength of a solder. The hands of a donor.

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La Fortaleza de un soldado. Las manos de un donate.

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The strength of a solder. The hands of a donor.

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La Fortaleza de un soldado. Las manos de un donate.

La Fortaleza de un soldado. Las manos de un donate.

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People say, wait, they’re real? I say, yes. My hands came from a donor. – Sgt. Brendan Marrocco

“People say, wait, they’re real? I say, yes. My hands came from a donor.” – Sgt. Brendan Marrocco

Helping Sgt. Marrocco regain his freedom took special ops.

Helping Sgt. Marrocco regain his freedom took special ops.

The strength of a soldier. The hands of a donor.

The strength of a soldier. The hands of a donor.

Our country gave him a purple heart. Hand transplants gave him freedom.

Our country gave him a purple heart. Hand transplants gave him freedom.

He lost his arms fighting for freedom. Hand transplants won him independence.

He lost his arms fighting for freedom. Hand transplants won him independence.

New hands gave new hope to this hero.

New hands gave new hope to this hero.

Matte Release

VCA Organ Transplant Matt Release

VCA Organ Transplant Matt Release

This matte release explains what VCA transplants are, who they help, how they work, and how they change lives. The matte release is well suited for local newspapers and similar publications.

View/Download Matte Release English (PDF – 267 KB)

Real Stories of Donation

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Amalia: Heart Recipient

"If not for her heart transplant, Amalia would have missed watching her family grow up….”

Read Amalia's full story >