Popular US newsman has arm amputated after camera equipment incident

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Popular former anchor at CNN, Miles O’Brien has had an arm amputated after an accident while on assignment in Asia earlier this month.

Mr O’Brien wrote about the incident on his blog:

I had finished my last shoot after a long reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines and was stacking the Pelican cases brimming with TV gear onto my cart. As I tried to bungee cord them into some semblance of security for movement, one of the cases toppled onto my left forearm. Ouch! It hurt, but I wasn’t all “911″ about it. It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be okay without any medical intervention.

After swelling increased O’Brien visited a doctor who admitted him to hospital for emergency surgery.

Of course I wasn’t awake for the action but I was told later that things tanked even further once I was on the table. And when I lost blood pressure during the surgery due to the complications of compartment syndrome, the doctor made a real-time call and amputated my arm just above the elbow. He later told me it all boiled down to a choice… between a life and a limb.

So I woke up to a new reality in the hospital. It’s been a challenging week dealing with the phantom pain, the vicissitudes of daily life with one hand and the worries about what lies ahead.

O’Brien now works for PBS.

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