PBS Science Reporter Has Arm Amputated
But life is 'playing the hand that is dealt you,' Miles O'Brien says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2014 1:03 AM CST
PBS correspondent Miles O'Brien is recovering a brush with death caused by a minor accident.   (AP Photo/PBS, Courtesy Robert Severi)

(Newser) – Award-winning science journalist Miles O'Brien is learning to live with one arm after a minor injury nearly cost him his life. In a blog post, the PBS correspondent says he lost his left arm not to a shark attack, skydiving accident, or "out of control quad copter," but after a small mishap while loading boxes of TV gear after a reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines. A box fell on his arm, "but I wasn't all '911' about it," he writes. When the pain and swelling got worse the next day, he sought medical care and found he had "acute compartment syndrome," in which blocked blood flow in an enclosed space in the body can be fatal, the AP reports.

Doctors, who said the choice was between "a life and a limb," amputated his left arm above the elbow when he lost blood pressure during surgery. O'Brien—who has kept working despite the ordeal—says he is now dealing with the "phantom pain, the vicissitudes of daily life with one hand and the worries about what lies ahead" but he is grateful to be alive, reports CNN, where he was a science and space correspondent for years. "Life is all about playing the hand that is dealt you," he says. "Actually, I would love somebody to deal me another hand about now—in more ways than one."

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Geoff McPherson
Feb 26, 2014 5:16 PM CST
Hi Mike: Don't let yourself get too down..you're alive and that's what matters. You're just a little tougher than you thought, that's all. Your next in-depth book has just begun. You have to write about this for all the other amputees and people who've barely held onto their limbs ( I am one of the later). My friend, I think you've just learned a little bit more about Mike. I'll be waiting for that book.
Feb 26, 2014 1:12 PM CST
Sorry to hear about this news. But it is good to know that he is keeping a positive attitude. That is half the battle to recovery there. My best to him.
Feb 26, 2014 7:14 AM CST
H e actually had DVT....