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Ex-CNN Science Writer Miles O'Brien Has Arm Amputated

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Songbird, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Freak accident moving boxes. Emergency surgery days later.

    I had lost track of him after he left CNN.


    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  2. Liut

    Liut Active Member

    Always thought Mr. O'Brien did very good work covering the space beat. Interesting story, and it seems he's handling this change in life very well. Wish him the best.

    Thanks for the link.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Story does not say where surgery was performed. Have to wonder if
    better medical care would have saved his arm.
  4. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    From what I've read online, the doctor knew what he was looking at.

    Never heard of this injury before. But there is little time when it becomes a crisis.
  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I've read on line also and all the articles seem purposely vague as to where
    surgery was performed.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    CNN lost something when they let him go.
  7. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I thought the same thing (but didn't want to say it first), that just maybe there was some iffy medical care. Then again my knowledge of this kind of condition couldn't fit on a single arm hair.
  8. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Agree. He told space stories in a way that made them easy to understand.
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Mandy Patinkin to play Miles when they do the movie
  10. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    O'Brien didn't mention anything about losing his arm for no good reason. And it's not like he could fly to America for a second opinion at a later date. It was lose the arm NOW or die, as he explained it himself.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    But he did not say where he was . Maybe he was in DC. Just found it odd
    that none of stories mentioned where surgery was done.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Hell, I don't know. And I didn't know you could lose a limb that fast from a fluke hit.

    One look at photos of fasciotomy, and you see how serious it was.
    Because fasciotomy was the first last option, before the real last option.
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