Former CNN Anchor Miles O’Brien Has Arm Amputated

Former CNN Anchor Miles O'Brien Has

Award-winning science journalist and former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien has revealed via his blog that he recently had his arm amputated following an accident.

“I wish I had a better story to tell you about why I am typing this with one hand (and some help from Dragon Dictate),” he wrote.

After returning from a reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines, O’Brien was stacking cases when suddenly one fell on his arm. Over the next few days, his arm would swell and become increasingly painful, forcing him to to see a doctor. After requiring immediate surgery for his arm, the doctor was forced to make a judgment call, which led to the amputation.

“[The doctor] later told me it all boiled down to a choice…between a life and a limb,” O’Brien wrote.

O’Brien, who covered the U.S. space program for CNN, is now the science correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

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  1. Rita Holland says:

    What a terrible thing to have happened to lose your arm. I must tell you my Dad, who was ever bit as good looking as you are, in 1926, after he and Mom were married, he fell across a railroad track and he
    rolled to get out of way of train, but his Right arm was across track. Gangrene settled in right away. He
    had to have his arm amputated the same place you did. Had to learn how to use his left arm as he was
    rt.handed. I wish and pray you do as well as he did. His left hand writing was the most beautiful I have
    ever seen. He recovered very fast as I hope you will. Never had any pain, never talked about it. It all
    happened before they had us six children and we never looked at him as handicapped. My GrandF.
    built him a home, mini-mart right on Colorado Blvd. in Denver, Co. and he became – after a few
    years a multi-millionaire. So, you see, great things do happen, and for a reason, just keep the FAITH.
    I wish you and your family the BEST of everything. And please stay Positive. Rita H.

  2. Wishuwell says:

    How devastating it must have been to learn of having to give an arm to save one’s life. If roger ebert taught us anything, it’s what we do w what we do have. May u recover to a richer life enriching all those around u

  3. Chi Chieko says:

    Found this article “Compartment Syndrome: Swelling out of control” by Fred Flandry, MD, FACS
    Columbus, Georgia
    “In a few brief hours, an arm or leg can be damaged to the point at which amputation is necessary. Although rare, compartment syndromes can occur without warning, after a musculoskeletal injury or surgery. Once swelling begins, your physician has only hours to intervene to prevent permanent damage. Compartment syndromes literally represent swelling out of control; however, this swelling is not visible to the eye because it occurs deep inside the limb. The painful condition results when swelling occurs within a group of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels within the arms, legs, feet, or buttocks enclosed within a membrane called fascia (Fig. 1). The fascia is tough and does not easily expand; therefore, when swelling occurs it causes pressure to build within the fascial compartment and the contents of the compartment can be damaged quickly.”

  4. Sharon Palmer says:

    Dear Mr. O’Brien I’m so sorry to hear of your accident. Please be assured of my prayers for you & your family! It’s quite an adjustment but they have such great technology to help nowadays, My Mom lost her leg so it can be accomplished! Take care & oh I hope prayers are ok !

  5. Toon says:

    OMG poor guy geez

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