Miles O'Brien

Reporting on space, science, aviation & tech.

“Just a Flesh Wound”


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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).

A shark attack would be interesting. An assassination attempt would be intriguing. Skydiving mishaps always make for good copy. An out-of-control quad copter that turns on its master would be entertaining (and would come complete with a grim, potentially viral, video).

No, the reason I am now one-handed is a little more prosaic than those scenarios.

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. Maybe a little bit of denial?

The next day, February 13, things seemed status quo. It was sore and swollen but seemingly no worse. Then, that night, things got worse. Both the pain and swelling increased.

So on the morning of February 14, I asked the hotel for a referral to a doctor and went to see him right away. While my concern was already growing, the look on his face when he saw my forearm got me a little more nervous.

The doctor told me he suspected that I might be having an Acute Compartment Syndrome. I had to Wiki it, but in essence it is an increase in pressure inside an enclosed space in the body. This can block blood flow causing a whole host of serious, life-threatening consequences.

He had me admitted to the hospital. Over the next few hours, I endured probably the longest, most painful experience I could ever imagine. My forearm developed some dusky discoloration, but more alarming was the numbness. I could not feel my forearm!

The doctor recommended an emergency fasciotomy to relieve the pressure. This is a gruesome enough procedure on its own, but the he was clear that the problem was progressing rapidly and there was a clear and present threat to my limb.

It was getting real. 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.

But I am alive and I’m grateful for that. Please don’t worry about me. I’m sure I can cope just fine. If I need your help, I promise I will ask.

Life is all about playing the hand that is dealt you. Actually, I would love somebody to deal me another hand right about now – in more ways than one.

  • BWJones

    Miles… Sorry to hear this. Where are you now? Can we be of any assistance getting you back home? Finding rehab facilities?

    • Tim Oliver

      Your work at CNN and for PBS has always been far above exemplary. So sorry to hear of your misfortune. All the best, Miles.
      Tim Oliver

    • Barbara Neilon

      So glad to see you back on CNN for coverage of Flight 370. I always enjoyed your knowledge, enthusiasm and clear thinking about aviation, space, and science (none of which needs 2 arms!)

  • Kate Dougherty

    Oh Miles!!! Holy crap! Where are you?

  • Marina Stern

    You need this book, right now.

    I used it when my right hand was in a cast for two months. It gives good, specific advice on how to deal with everyday difficulties.

    Good luck.

  • Christopher

    I’ve no idea what your going through, but alive is a plus. Take care of yourself.

  • Glenn Henshaw


    Stay tough as always.

  • Veronica McGregor

    Miles.. I’m ecstatic you survived this horrible event but so sorry you had to go through such trauma, physical and mental. Please give us frequent updates and absolutely let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

  • Patti Barrett

    I’ve heard of this before and am sooooo good they saved your life. You rock and I wish you all the best during your recovery.

  • Clara Moskowitz

    My thoughts are with you Miles – so sorry you had to go through this!

  • Kathleen Sweeney

    Miles, I arrived here via Phil Plait’s Twitter feed – I just want to say how sorry I am and I’ll keep a good thought for you in the days going forward.

  • Laura Sherman McGeary

    Hi Miles,
    We worked together on weekend mornings in late 90s. I was very sorry to read your blog entry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Melody

    Miles, I developed undiagnosed compartment syndrome of my lower left leg due to a surgical error. I survived with a mother nature prosthesis, basically no fibula, most muscle gone and drop foot. I where a customized brace on my foot and leg. I found a very good neurologist and I am on a drug combo that I don’t feel stoned all the time. I learned that patience especially with myself is a virtue. If you ever want to talk, cry, twirl on the pitty pot, it is okay it is part of the process. It has been 14 years since it happened to me and I am still learning and growing with my handiable self. Bless you and have patience you will learn the new you.

  • Kent Cline

    Oh man! What can one say? Stay strong.

  • Andy Revkin

    My lord, Miles. Best wishes to you (and your family) as you move forward from this awful incident!

  • stu

    in my thoughts…

  • Carolyn Collins Petersen

    Miles, I am so sorry to hear about this, but am glad to hear that you have survived this. Mark and I have always enjoyed your work and of course remember our pleasant experiences with you in interviews. Our thoughts are with you.


  • Trevor Gerzen

    As the internet do, someone linked this up on Twitter so this is my first time “meeting” you. While this is quite an intense experience that is beyond my grasp I am truly in admiration of your ability to word this so matter-of-factly. I truly do wish the best for you that can come out of this situation.

  • Jared

    Hang in there Miles. I’m sorry for the bad break and wish you all the best as you transition to your changed circumstances.

  • Elle

    best wishes Mr. O’Brien

  • Amy Breyer

    Oh my! Miles, I know it’s been years since we worked together (CNN Ax), but I just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery! Amy (Brodsky) Breyer

  • Random Person

    So sorry to hear this.. You are the Best Space&Science reporter in the US!

    Recover with Godspeed sir!

  • David Stever

    I was shocked to hear that this had happened to you, but looking at the alternative, I’m just damned happy that you’re alive! Living in a world without Harold Ramis and you would have been just too much to bear.

    I look forward to you testing out new arms and reporting on the options in the coming months; maybe a series of reports in Boingboing and your own blog. Good luck, my friend, you’re one of my favorite journalists.

  • http://none Jim Preis

    You wanna borrow my 3D printer?

    (I went with humor because you opened the door.)

    I’ve enjoyed an accident of similar magnitude and wish you well in your recovery.

    I can tell by your tone you will be fine, but that doesn’t negate the value of a big ol’ man hug even if it is virtual ((((())))).

    Take care of your self and your family; the world will be here when you get back.

    Jim Preis

  • Alan Boyle

    Omigosh! Let us know how to help … and the fact that you’re meeting tragedy with humor just adds to the respect I have for you.

  • Karen

    So sorry to hear this, but glad you made it! A mirror may help for the phantom pain – see the TED talk at (go to time 13:00 on the video for treatment, watch the whole video to understand why it works).

  • Chielie

    Get well soon. Insofar as that’s applicable.

  • Erica Allison

    Love your way, stranger.

  • Laura Bellinger

    Miles, so sorry to hear this! You have always been, and will always be, an amazing reporter and journalist! Keeping you in my thoughts.

  • Steve Alperin

    Miles, I’m just speechless! And yet somehow, you’ve found the words… If there’s anything I can do, please let me know.

  • ninette sosa

    From a fmr cnnradio colleague: the best part of reading this is that you survived. i know life has in store for you even more greatness, and wonderful days ahead. i will pray for you, but i have faith that your inner-strength will guide you. always remember, as Stan Case and I would always say, “life is fragile.” you were truly one of the best at cnn and always included radio for interviews. thank you! n

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  • Brian Nelson

    Miles, I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. I am impressed by, and admire, your stoicism and bravery. May you get through this with some measure of comfort in knowing you have a lot of live, good life, yet to live. Stay strong.

  • Mike

    As someone who’s dealt with some chronic health issues over the past two years, I wish my attitude were more like yours.

    I’ve always admired your reporting, Miles. Now I admire your courage, too.

  • Alexis Glendening

    Miles, your accomplishments have long been an inspiration to so many of us . Clearly you are also endowed with bravery and optimism. Hold steady my friend. You are still in possession of what truly is important, Your heart and soul (not to mention your rapier Irish wit)! Please know that I am not trying to minimize this profound loss but your strength in the face of this adversity speaks volumes of the cool dude that you are .

  • Steve Curwood

    OMG! I am so glad that doctor moved decisively to save your life! And so sorry the price was so high. Please let me know if there is anything I can help with.

  • Dusty

    Don’t underestimate your story. In fact, I’m more in awe of such a complication arising from such a simple injury. Like you, I probably wouldn’t have blinked at a little swelling.

    Given your line of work,you’ve probably heard of mirror therapy for phantom limb pain. It’s some amazing neurological science and has produced great results. If you haven’t heard, here’s a quick intro video

  • Jon Sarriuagrte

    I am so sorry. heal and carry on the good you do.

  • Soledad O’Brien

    Hey Miles–glad to hear you’re doing okay. We’re thinking about you. Xo

  • Laurie Young

    Miles, this is such horrible news. I am so sorry. You have a great attitude about it all. If you need anything from your friends in FL, please let us know. Lots of love, Laurie

  • Brian Nobili

    You attitude rocks, Keep on Keepin on bro!

  • Nadia Lancy

    As a former colleague who once floor directed for you and Kyra and followed your career, I was stunned and upset to read this. I send healing thoughts and all the best from CNN.

  • CduPont

    Wow, life changes in a moment. I’m sorry to hear that you are experiencing phantom pain, but I suppose that that is “normal.” I’m thinking of you and your family and hope that this doesn’t slow you down. I suspect it won’t.

  • John Kollhoff

    Miles, look into pain creams for your arm. You may be able to prevent long term phantom limb pain be starting therapy as soon after surgery as possible. Contact me if I may be of service.

  • Warren Elly

    Miles… you’ve said it already. I was in the middle of the Broadcaster’s Net (now in its late 40ies on Ham Radio Mon-Thursday on the 20 meter band) when Duane Martin called with the news. The very first thing I thought of when Duane told me was what I found you saying on your page.
    ” Please don’t worry about me. I’m sure I can cope just fine”
    I believe it, but my heart still goes out to you my friend. Here’s hoping we can share another cigar someday soon!

    all the best… Warren Elly Tampa

  • Derek Wanner

    Love your attitude Miles. I know it sounds cliched and somewhat patronizing but after reading this I feel that you’ll be an evenstronger person because of this.

  • Jonathan Parisen

    I have been going through some struggles with my life these last couple of years. Your story woke me up to the fact that life is very difficult for a lot of people, not only myself. Seeing how brave you are in dealing with this is very much inspiring. I wish you the best in recovering and my prayers are most certainly with you.

  • Michael King

    Miles – I’m so sorry to hear this! Is there anything else that folks can be of help with right now?

  • Spencer Briggs

    Miles…so sorry to hear about this. Good thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am available if needed…and certainly willing to help.

  • Mark

    Very sorry to hear this. You seem to have a good grasp/perspective on it, but that is still so shocking. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Susan Grant

    Miles — so so sorry to hear this news. Are you home yet?

  • Joe Hewes

    Hi Miles, so sorry to hear of this. Thanks for sharing – you are a true reporter.

  • Ken Screven

    Miles, I just came across your post. I am deeply sorry this has happened to you. Hopefully you might remember me from 30 yrs ago here in Albany at WRGB. Please know that I always admired your work and was very proud seeing you with a national platform. Hope you’re getting the help and support you need at this difficult time. Thinking of you, Ken.

  • Kate Doyle

    Miles I’m so very very sorry. I admire your cool recounting of what must have been a horrible and scary experience. We’re all crippled in our own special ways, but you’ve got a whole heart, man.

  • Marilyn Rea Beyer

    Dear Heavens, Miles! This is the coolest, calmest “my forearm has been amputated” message I have ever seen. OK. The only one. You are taking this admirably. Rick and I would be glad to do whatever little thing we can to make things easier for you. We are near ‘GBH if you need anything when you are there.

  • carl forrester

    Miles so shocked at hearing this.I too was dealt a hand of blindness ten years ago.I am thankful that you are here amongst us.I wish for you a speedy recovery.

  • Joe Fricano

    Hello Miles, You will be in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery and glad you’re still with us!

  • Kevin Salwen

    So sorry to hear this, amigo. But I’ll light your cigar for you anytime. Hang in, buddy.

  • Ann Exline Starr

    So sorry to hear it! I hope you get better and back on the road soon!!

  • Kimberly Krautter

    Oh my gosh! Miles! Daryn Kagan shared you link on Facebook, and all of your old neighbors and friends from Morningside Va-Hi are sending you our warm thoughts and love. Even if we only just bumped into you at Movies Worth Seeing or some such, we all feel a special kinship with you. Fare well. And rock on with those great science and space reports! Your mirth in the aftermath of this is inspirational.

  • Michael Belfiore

    My condolences, Miles, and my every wish for a speedy recovery. You’re a trooper. But I expect nothing less from you. Also expecting some kick-ass reporting on the art, science, and future of prosthetics when you’re ready to take on the world again.

  • kyle samperton

    dear miles ,…all of the sampertons send their thought and love.. kyle samperton

  • http://KGWN.TV Chris Turner

    Miles.. you will now be the first amputee in space. God bless you my old friend.. and I agree with Kate Dougherty, HOLY CRAP!

  • Richard Stenger

    Hi Miles, Saddened to hear the grim news, but gladdened to know you are alive and recovering. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Richard

  • David Lanne

    Sorry to hear, I’m a complete left arm amputee, at least I knew for a week about the surgery that this would be the end result. Couple things phantom pain suck, it’s been 5 years and mine is as strong now as it was a month after surgery. Drying yourself after taking a shower is now a hassle. Living in upstate NY I’ve got a good pair of winter boots with Velcro straps. Hard to find but maybe your notoriety will help, Boa Lacing System (turn a dial to tighten footwear) to produce more sneakers/hiking shoes.

  • Charlene Bert

    Miles, This is unreal! Can I help…at all?! Please let me know how you are doing…

  • Chez Pazienza

    I’m really sorry you have to go through this, Miles. I can’t imagine how difficult it is on you, but for what it’s worth it’s always been your very big brain that’s most valuable — it’s who you are and it contains all those amazing insights and experience you brought to the table at CNN and beyond. Hang in there, man. You’re one of the good ones.

  • brianz

    Good luck, man. I’ve been there — amputation — and it’s not going to be the worst thing you’ve gone through. It’s not easy, but you’ll get through this and have a new life.

    Hard times now, but things will get easier.

  • Joyce

    What a brave and honest account of what you are dealing with. I admire you and wish you all the very best.

  • Keith Vauquelin


    A lot of us greatly admire you and your work, and I have no doubt that you are more than equal to the new challenge in front of you as well.

    Thank you for sharing, and please know that you have a lot of friends out here that are cheering you on to certain victory.

    • Mike Ahlers

      Ditto on all of the above. Especially the holy crap. Good God… we are all thankful that they did something before it got even worse. Please, please keep us posted on your progress, which we pray will be speedy.

  • Dan Benedict

    Miles, words fail me other than “I’m sorry,” which seem inadequate by a few magnitudes. That you can still keep a sense of humor through all this is incredible. Hope you heal well and quickly, and come out on top of this.

  • Dave Pascoe

    Thanks for sharing, Miles. We haven’t been in touch in a while but will help in any way I can. If anyone can deal with this, you can. I don;t know that I would be as brave as you.

  • Tamara Winfrey

    So sorry to hear this. Best wishes in your recovery.

  • Melanie

    You are an inspiration. Thank you for taking us on this journey with you… All best wishes and hugs… and keep us posted, if you would….

  • Brian Dunne

    I’m shocked, my thoughts are with you! Take care Miles.

  • Emilie

    Wow Miles! I don’t know you, but my friend Vero posted your link on Facebook. I am amazed at your courage and grace under extraordinary circumstances. You have an incredible perspective on this life altering moment. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you peace throughout your healing.

  • Jeremy Kaplan

    That’s a terrifying and astounding story. Glad to hear that most of you pulled through okay. Give a shout if the world can help in any way, cause the world likes having you around.

  • George Kindel

    Love you, Miles. God bless.

  • Hans Maristela

    Sigh. Take care, Miles.

  • Chris Brewer

    As a long time fan of your Space and Science reporting, I am sad to hear that you are having to go through this. I have no doubt though that you will continue on and get through the hardships this brings you, And maybe we will see Bionic O,Brien sometime in the future. Best wishes to you and yours during this difficult time.

  • Chris Dunn

    Hoping a speedy recovery after such an unlikely turn of events.
    Best to you…

  • Jason Weisberger

    The incredible strength and quiet understanding you are able to approach challenges with is beyond inspiring. Anything I can do to help, let me know.

  • Kathryn

    If there is any upside to this, prosthetics have come a long, long way recently. At the risk of sounding crass, you can now get RoboCop-type limbs. You no doubt will face many challenges as a result of this, but I’m willing to bet you will one day find that your life will be very close to the same as it ever was.

  • Russell Glover

    For such a traumatic event, you seem relatively upbeat.

    Really sorry to hear about this accident, keep smiling & keep teaching us.

    Kind regards, Russell.

  • Michael Shoer


    You continuously prove that life is worth living only if you strive to push the envelope. Fortunately, this is an experience you get to write about.

  • Amy Gover


    What a horrific ordeal for you! But how fortunate you were to be somewhere where you could get the best medical care needed!
    Thanks for sharing your story. Now that your story is out, you’ll have tons of support. We will all be seeing back out there soon!

  • Lee Garen

    I am so shocked to read of your mishap but you seem to be adapting to what took place. Your humor intact as witnessed by your final line in your “Just a Flesh Wound” tale. Yes, at least you are still alive and capable of continuing your work. I used to enjoy speaking with you whenever you came into the CNNRadio Network newsroom and by phone when recording your reports. Carry on, Brother…and, yes, you do have a lot of friends all over! Lee G.

  • melanie wallace

    Hi Miles,
    I just read this note and my heart is in my throat. We are all here for you – in any way that makes sense. There will be a silver lining in this one but it might take awhile to appear. Sending you love and all best wishes. And of course any number of NOVA dvds you want to watch during your rehab and recuperation. (WE can even get you every season of Downton Abbey too!!!)

  • normsantoro

    Miles, I can’t imagine what you’re going through even now, with physical rehabilitation. I’ve been a C-2 quadriplegic man for 10 years. Lots of strength (and some humor) helped get me through some tough days, and fortunately there is now a lot assistive technology to help you make this rocky road into a proverbial bump. Take care.

  • Chris Fenger

    So very sorry to hear this Miles. Not easy. Knowing you I am sure you will find innovative and potentially ground breaking innovations to adapt. Do keep us posted on your journey and ANYthing your many friends can do to help and support you.

  • Mikal


    I do not know you (we share a friend via Facebook). Thanks for writing about your experience so far. I’m looking forward to following you.


  • Rachel Z. Brachman

    So sorry to hear about your arm, Miles.

    Have you heard of the Half-QWERTY Keyboard? It lets you type with one hand.

    EnableMart also has one-handed keyboards available:

    Good luck adapting to your new situation.

  • Tom Price

    Praying for you and X to have a very uneventful remainder of the year, and lives, at least on the health front. You are both epitomes of grace and strength and courage.

  • Michael joe Reyes

    I hope you’re doing much better there with your family, and you also managed to said it to them. Take care my Friend.

  • Amy Wood

    So sorry to hear this.. but you’ll be the guy to make something great out of this challenge! You’ve always been an inspiration – now the notch gets turned up to the next level. In my prayers!

  • Carolyn Skye

    I am really sorry about your accident and the resulting surgery. My husband and I have always enjoyed your fine work. We are positive that you will take this new chapter of life as a challenge and use it to help others who are facing similar situations. You receive our best thoughts and best wishes. We remain, as always, your loyal fans and admirers.

  • Fran Johns

    Oh, Miles, that is absolutely AWFUL. Hope you’re doing OK, will soon have an elegant prosthesis yielding all sorts of stories far better than this one. Heal fast! Love, Gran

    • Joann Rodgers


      Sending every good wish your way for the speediest of recoveries and a course of rehab so brief and so successful that it will make the Guinness Book of World Records AND The New England Journal of Medicine.


  • Barbara A.

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I am a rehabilitation counselor. Looks like you are on the road to recovery. Best wishes and remember to grieve. It is ok. Your attitude is wonderful but allow yourself the down moments. Eventually, you will keep remembering what you have instead of what you don’t. Keep the courage. – B. Allen

  • Michael Buhler

    Miles, that is incredible. Since there is no looking back, let’s look ahead to a fine recovery, and some really inventive reporting! Best wishes.

  • Jacquie Walker

    Miles, I have always admired your work. I am so very sorry to hear what has happened and I know you will continue to do what you do best — just telling it like it is in a way we can all understand. All the best to you as you recover now.

  • Journalista

    I am so sorry this happened to you. This caught my eye because I am a reporter who lost a hand in a car accident. Like you, all I could think of was how grateful I was to have survived. If a hand is the price to keep my life, I’ll gladly pay it. I still regard it not as something I lost, but a reminder of all I have. I have never felt sorry for myself for one second. It made me a much more grateful, conscious person – and a hell of a one-handed typist. We adapt remarkably well to the hand that is dealt us, so to speak 😉 All the best to you, Miles.

  • Michael Khalsa

    Thankyou Miles,

    for your well written piece. I am sorry for your loss. I particularly liked the statement about “life is really about playing that is dealt you” Very true. Please watch out for depression.

    Warm regards,

    Michael Khalsa

  • Jen Scheer

    Miles, that is terrible- I’m so sorry. Wishing you the best in your recovery and adjustment.

  • Rizo

    Good luck, Miles, with your recovery from the procedure. It’s great that you’re alive, full stop.

  • Octavia Nasr

    Dearest Miles, you’re my hero in more ways than I can describe. This note, your attitude in the face of this awful experience and your resilience are clear proof of the kindhearted gentleman you are and the inspiration you project naturally all around you. I’m glad you’re alive my friend, life goes on just fine with one arm less but it sure wouldn’t ABSOLUTELY WOULD NOT go on fine without you, your contribution, your positive energy and your love!! Please stay positive and strong as you overcome the shock and adjust to this new reality!

  • Doug Jones

    Hang in there, Miles, making bad jokes about it is a good way to help you cope. We met back in ’02 when you covered a flight of the Ez-Rocket, and thank you again for your nuanced and positive reporting- not a puff piece, but not hostile either.

    To help put a smile on your face, let me share a tale from a guy I worked with 20 years ago.. he was a WWII veteran, Hungarian, but conscripted into the German army in 1940.

    Bill found a land mine the hard way outside of Kiev in ’43, but in ’93 he was a cheery old fart that shared an office with me. One dry winter morning he carefully walked on his prostheses into the room, touched the case of his computer to prevent giving it a static zap, then said to me, “I don’t need to do zis, I am izolated from ground!”

    Maybe so, but he sure shocked me! Laugh all you can, it’s good for your health.

  • Kim Fuller

    Holy cow Miles!!! all I know is that you persevere and teach many people along the way. God bless and let me know how you like Dragon! It surely has to be better than when I had to use it in 2001! It was too slow for my fast paced speaking.

  • Eric Weder

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We take so much for granted, our health especially.

    Good luck with the recovery, Miles.

  • Cynthia Tornquist

    The life-threatening experience you’ve endured and your incredibly positive reaction to it put life into perspective for me. I will never complain about anything — ever. No job, losing the house, and all the other crap are just bumps in the road. My sincere wishes to you, Miles, for a good recovery and whatever follows.

  • // Dee

    Thoughts are with you, Miles.

  • Brian Dunne

    When you are ready, bring me your bike and let’s see what we can do to adapt it for you. I know I can get one brake lever that will operate both brakes. Take care of yourself.

  • Marcy McGinnis

    This is so unbelievable. What a freak accident and strange condition. I never heard of it. I admire your positive attitude and your wonderful writing (as usual). You are amazing.
    Marcy McGinnis

  • Brian Tristam Williams

    Miles, you are incredibly good-humored about this at present, but I know there will be a lot of adjustment, especially for someone who uses a keyboard as much as you do, and certainly a bout of depression. I just hope you’re right-handed. Hang in there – wishing you all the luck in adjusting to the new reality.

  • heather gold

    Oh Miles! I can’t imagine what that felt like to wake up to. Wishing you speedy healing and all the support you need. I lost the feeling in part of my hand and elbow in an accident years back. fwiw I’ve found it important to give myself permission to feel whatever emotion comes up whenever and it can be unsettling and have moments of rage in the loss. Everyone has their own experience and I hope this is as fantastic or smooth or whatever you want it to be. And if it isn’t I hope thats going to be ok too. I still hold out a lot of hope for science to give me a nerve. Hopefully it will give you something rad.
    Wishing you well.

  • Susan Elsinger

    Wow Miles,
    So sorry! What a crazy story! I think your science and technology connections should get you the inside scoop on the latest and greatest prosthesis. I’ll be thinking positive thoughts for your recovery!

  • Sharyl

    Miles I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. Although I know you will be fine, and that you have everything it takes to move ahead, it is a monumental thing to deal with. How things for each of us can change in the blink of an eye! All the best. Sharyl Attkisson

  • David

    Wishing you all the best, Miles.

  • Sandy Gale

    Good grief. Just glad you are alive! Sending positive vibes. Sounds like you have a great attitude about this!

  • Peter Hull

    Miles, what a horrible situation. So sorry to read this story. I’m sure you will persevere. Thoughts and prayers from the St Louis Hulls.

  • Kate Shaplen Kahn

    Miles—oh my gosh. So sorry to hear of this. But you have a great perspective on it. How frightening though. Stay positive.

  • Walter imparato


    I am saddened by your news and wish you the best in your “new” normal. Sometimes the MAN upstairs challenges those HE knows can handle adversity. You kept me sane during hurricane Katrina and I am here for you if you need anything anytime. CNN hasn’t been the same since you left and I my thoughts are with you buddy. Take care of yourself. Walter

  • kathy nellis chastney

    Miles, so sorry to hear this. I am stunned and sad, but also inspired by your intrepid spirit and positive attitude and grace under pressure. I have had some issues with family members and health over the past couple of months and I am drawing from your amazing strength. Not surprising as I have always admired your character. Warm and healing thoughts are with you are you face this tough new challenge. Thank you for sharing and please keep us updated. We care.

  • Joyce

    So sorry to hear Miles. In time you will be fitted with a prosthesis and you will cope very well. Hurry and get well, all the best

  • Stephen Rubin

    If anyone can recover completely from this, it is Miles O’Brien. Rehab and perhaps eventually a prosthetic arm and hand. You have reported on them and would be an excellent candidate. I am terribly sorry, of course, but this is a new age of science and technology.

  • Shelli Richter


    I am a great admirer of your work, and miss seeing you on CNN. I just wanted to wish you a speedy and uncomplicated recovery. Thank you for sharing.

  • Michael M.

    Mr. O’Brien,
    I just read your story about your accident and it really set me back. I admire you for writing about what you experienced in having your accident and how it has affected you thus far. It takes a lot for the person affected by an accident to sit down and put it into words so some can hopefully understand, I know. I wish you well and a speedy recovery.

    P.S. Keep us interested in the aviation and space programs as you did before, I always enjoyed your reports.


  • David Flynn

    I lost my left arm to the shoulder in Jan 2012. Also nothing dramatic, but immediately life threatening. Your headline for your post are the first words I spoke to my brother when he got to the hospital. Attitude is everything. A sense of humor is a must. Gratitude as well. I’ve not only survived, but thrive. Good luck to you on your recovery and rehab.

  • Dennis Piccioni

    I’m very sorry to hear this Miles. I am also glad to read that your sense of humor is intact. Good luck with your recovery!

  • Rich Jurek

    Miles, thoughts and prayers to you, from one that has (and always will) admire your work! Sounds like one hell of a close call, but so glad you sought attention when you did.

  • John V. King


    You have been through a terrible time. Martha and I were just making plans to try to see if you were available on our next trip to DC, and we just learned about this. What a stunner.

    You are enormously competent and you will deal with this competently. Now you have something else to learn.

    John and Martha

  • maria martinez

    My prayers are with you.

  • Tony Ruda

    Miles: So sorry to hear of your recent ordeal. I wish you the best as you get on with things.

    Your pal,


  • Lora Kolodny

    We’re not acquainted or connected other than working in the same field. It took courage to publish your story here in the midst of questioning, pain, frustrations and myriad untold challenges. But you wrote incredibly — better most of us do with a clear head and typical health. I am amazed by that. And sending you wishes for a recovery that sets new precedents, shows you the proverbial Allah providing in this world, and allows us to continue to admire your considerable strength.

  • http://www.susanwarnerwellness.comm Susan Klingbeil Warner

    Miles, I am sitting in shock after reading about what happened to you. Oh my goodness, my heart goes out to you and please let me know if I can help. I do know one thing for sure, you are incredibly strong. Hang in there my friend.

  • Gideon Evans

    So sorry about this random awful thing that happened. Hope your recovery goes well. I enjoy your work.

  • Donna B

    Truly saddened to hear of your accident. Used to watch you regularly co-host with Soledad. Praying for you speedy recovery.

  • Aaron Powell

    Best wishes for a swift recovery to good health — from your friends in the aviation community.

  • Donovan Baldwin

    Sorry to hear about your injury and the terrible results. Best of luck and a rapid recovery. You are a doer, and this will just be one more thing to overcome.

  • Katie Kolberg Memmel

    Miles – I am sorry for the loss of your arm. It sounds very traumatic. My own son (now 28 years old) was born missing his left forearm and hand. At the time I felt very confused and sad about it. But as he grew I saw that he could do just about everything. He majored in music in college, and has become a professional musician singer/songwriter. You sound like you have a really good attitude… that will take you far, just as it has served my son well all these years. Feel free to check out his website at It might interest you to see someone be able to play guitar, etc. with one hand. I wish you the very very best. There are many groups online for those who live with limb differences. Be sure to reach out to any of us should the need arise. You’re not alone. Katie Kolberg Memmel

  • Brian

    Am well familiar with your great reporting and know that the technology you have given the spotlight to for so many years will be there to help in kind.

  • John Goglia

    I am very sorry to hear of your accident. If there is anything I can do please just let me know. GET WELL

  • Jenna

    I am so sorry to hear this. You are in my thoughts.

  • Kaylin76

    Wishing you a safe and fast recovery. What a story. :(

  • martha

    awww….awful. The good news? You have an amazing attitude Myles, which means that you’ll recover , heal fully and quickly. You never know….it may increase your already lovely charisma. The Wheel of Fortune will again turn in your direction. I never comment on stuff like this. This made me sad, for you ! Feel better , day by day. Martha

  • Martha Fruehauf


    Bud, Susie, Lisa & Martha Fruehauf. Albert Prast

  • Brian Arens

    Damn, really sorry to read this news, I hope you’ll keep us posted as to your progress. Hang in there and I hope you are soon restored to full health.

  • Barbara Pierce Drew

    so very sorry. I have admired your reporting for many years. My prayers are with you.

  • Mae arant

    Please know there are many of us who admire your professional body of work but also know there are many of us who are rooting for you personally. Please take time to heal and when ready, help us understand this challenging journey.

  • SlackerInc

    Bummer. Glad you are okay and in good spirits though.

    A prosaic reason indeed! I certainly learned something today.

  • Artie Stevens

    All strength Miles. Good luck with the future.

  • Shelley ross

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. You’ll now be the cool science guy with a prosthetic arm. I’ve always enjoyed your reporting. Will look forward to it again soon.
    Shelley Ross

  • Granger Whitelaw

    Miles – Dear God I I can’t believe it. If there is anything you need, please let me know, you have my contact details. Ill prayer for a quick recovery for you. Granger

  • http://Huffpost Michael McGuire

    Wow, Miles,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your accident! I’m glad you’re OK! You have a great attitude. That’s half the battle. Keep up the great work!
    Best Regards
    An old high school friend.

  • Tim Blank

    God speed Miles on a speedy recovery.
    I hope you figure out a way to keep flying.

  • Kevin Flynn

    Stay strong Miles. Can’t wait to see you broadcast the first private manned space launch!!

  • Matt

    Oh my God! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Don’t worry about it. I hope you’ll still do the news. You’ll overcome this.

  • Ted greenfield

    Miles- I have been following you for years and have always enjoyed your work. I am so sorry to hear about this but I am Glad your spirits are well –

  • Tamie Miller

    Miles, I’m so sad to hear you are dealing with this challenge. Never know what’s around the corner in life. Know that many people are praying for you. I will have you in my thoughts and prayers. ~Tamie

  • Elaine

    Miles, you don’t know me, but I have watched you for years. I love your work. This doesn’t change a thing. I want to say I am sorry, but I can’t. I will take your honesty and integrity one armed any day :) You will get through this, and you will be better. We love you.


  • Matthew Noel

    I started following you when you were on CNN with Soledad. I am so sorry to hear about this. Please know that a lot of people are praying for you.

  • Lee Leithauser


    I’m so sorry to hear of your injury. Life is very unpredictable especially as we grow older. A year ago a little spot on my leg turned out to be nodular melanoma and I thought my time was coming to an end. A year later here I am able to warn others about the sun’s damaging rays.
    I have to say you have aged better than anybody I know from Liggett! You look great, and as Billy Crystal used to say on Saturday Night Live ” it is better to look good than feel good”. I admire your great attitude and know that it will take you far in your recovery. I have enjoyed following your career and success and I know this won’t slow you down one bit.
    Know that all of your friends are thinking of you and hope you are back to feeling better soon. These close calls surely make us realize what is truly important in life and I’m sure you will be back to making the most of yours again soon.

    Mend well,
    Lee Leithauser

  • ling

    to a speedy recovery! people with one hand can also do magic!

  • mary rogan

    Hi. I am so sorry to hear this. I have admired your work for years and I know you’ll find a way forward through this to do the work you so clearly love. Wishing you all the best.

  • Amelia Harris

    Hi Miles,
    So sorry to hear this happened to you. You know you asked me to pray for you on the picture you autographed for me. Please know that I am praying for your healing.
    Your #1 fan,
    Amelia Harris

  • Jen Lee Reeves

    Miles, upper limb differences are challenging but they are certainly not impossible. My daughter is eight-years-old and born without her left elbow or hand. She has taught me how we are all capable of so much and we’ve documented a lot of this along the way at Born Just Right. She also introduced me to the remarkable community of children and adults within the limb difference world. There are so many incredible people who can offer support. Please let me know if I can help or if I can direct you to so many others.

  • Frank Buckley

    Love your spirit and admire your positive attitude. Sending you all the best in your recovery.

  • Maria

    Bless you, Miles!

    So happy you’re alive today to share this. Have missed you on TV.

  • Mike Khorshidianzadeh

    You are a fantastic person and I wish this didn’t happen to you. We live in an age of technical wonder. I am certain you will get an amazing new prosthetic arm soon. Who knows, perhaps you will pioneer biosynthetic trials? From all I have read and seen of you on television, you strike me as a natural explorer. I am glad you didn’t die and you can continue to explore. All the best.

  • Michael Rudnick

    Miles, as a fan of your work for PBS NewsHour, I’m stunned to hear this news. I wish you all the best during your recovery. And, of course, once you are ready to get back to work, I look forward to seeing you on the show once again.

  • Tupper Hyde

    All the best Miles. I’m sure you can fly with one arm and I trust you will come out with an awesome news special/documentary on advancing the state of the art of bionics!

  • Jillian St. Charles

    Wow, Miles. I’m so sorry to hear this. I don’t know that you remember me, but you were always among my very favorite journalists when we both worked at CNN. I wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Dale Amon

    You wouldn’t have some newt in the family tree would you? 😉

  • Aaron Stevens

    I always loved your reports on science and technology. Look forward to seeing you overcome this and continue to fascinate us all with your work.

  • Lee McEachern

    As a science reporter, myself, I have always greatly admired your work and your ability to do it through such tumultuous times in television journalism over the last couple of decades. It’s because of my high respect that I was particularly struck by great regret at reading what you went through. Would that it were but an internet hoax. I know your work will continue and I will continue to look forward to it. Best of luck to you, Miles. I hope and assume you are right-handed! (And I’m glad you finally saw the doctor when you did.)

  • Greg Lefevre

    You are still with us. For that we are grateful.

  • John Brooks

    Sounds like your good attutude about life is undamaged.
    As a fellow reporter and admirer of your work , I hope you can keep rolling along. Best wishes.

  • NW Daniel

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! Your science reporting keeps me engaged when teaching science becomes exhausting! All the best!

  • John Thompson

    Miles, so sorry to hear about your misfortune. I hope you recover from your surgery quickly, and best wishes to you as you adapt to your new reality.

  • Keith Cowing

    Get better. We’re not done with you yet.

  • Ken B

    That is simply unbelievable! How awful! Hang in there, you have a lot of people out there who care.

  • Chikoppi

    Miles, I’ve enjoyed your reporting for many years. It is therefore with regret that I find myself without the skill to provide adequate words of comfort or inspiration at this time, when you have so often inspired myself and others with your enthusiasm and unbridled curiosity.

    I hope you will seize this opportunity, as unwelcome as it may be, to chronicle your recovery and inevitable adoption of some wondrous new biotech prosthesis that imbues you with unstoppable journalistic superpowers (beyond those you already possess). The mild-mannered reporter once again made Superman!

  • Robert Larson

    I am amazed at your ability to rebound back and write this story with a sense of humor. Also thank you for teaching us all not to delay to get help.

    Get healthy and master your new challenge.

    Bob Larson

  • Maura

    Sorry to hear about your arm, but better your arm than your life. If you’re not aware of it, you should look into Ramachandran’s work on phantom limb pain–some potentially easy ways to ease that phantom pain by “tricking” your brain.

    Best, Maura

  • Mike Gannon (ULS ’79)

    There just are no adequate words! Best wishes for your recovery. Your hope and determination are sure to carry you a long way.

  • ruben l. corral

    My prayers for a healthy recovery physically and mentally as well. Although your minus one, your living, and less is more attitude seems to permeate. Reach for the stars sir.

  • Alex D’Eath

    Jen and I are sending prayers your way. So very sorry to hear about the accident but glad to know you made it through alive. I can’t wait to hear how you work this story into your next emceeing event.

  • The Thinker1958

    got this tweet from Cara Santa Maria and read your story. I can feel a nice vibe coming from you and your current situation. I really hope you make lemonade with these lemons.
    Also, consider switching (seriously) to a shark attack version of what happened to you. I bet you will have a chuckle each time you tell it. You can add more drama each time.
    You lost your arm. The least you can do is lie about it anyway you want. You earn it.

  • Linda

    You are brave, you are strong, and you inspire us!

  • Mike Revzin

    Miles, I’m very sorry to hear this. Good luck in your recovery.
    Mike Revzin

  • Tara Tiger Brown

    Miles – when I heard what happened the first thing that came to mind was a quadcopter accident after the battery fire. Regardless of the cause, I am so glad you are here to tell the story.

  • richard

    As a fellow pilot… I hope the FAA surgeon helps find a way to get you back in the air.

  • William Jolitz

    Miles, I’m wishing you well and sad you’ve had this horror. I’ve been an avid consumer of your work for many years, and always admired what you’ve brought to coverage in the aerospace industry.

    By the way, I’ve also had a near miss with a horrible encounter with a family member and compartment syndrome, which started with a slightly twisted footfall on a trail, and lead to a three month immobilization and years of recovery. Still not sure its over yet.

    Yes, a curveball in the game of life entirely out of left field. We are incredibly fragile in strange and unexpected ways.

    Best, William.

  • JB

    So sorry to hear this news. Miss you on CNN. Immediately after reading CNN story I saw this So get your new hand.

  • Lt Col Clif Stargardt

    You may remember me as the space shuttle launch weather officer at Kennedy Space Center in the ’98-’01 time frame.

    Saw this story on Unbelievable freak accident! But I know you’ll be model of perseverance and overcoming. All the best to you and your family. Hang in there.

    – Clif

  • stan ross

    Best wishes for a speedy healing and all good outcomes.
    Very glad you made it through the shocking ordeal.
    All good thoughts heading your way.

  • kathy

    what a great approach to such a freak devastation…humor. I treat injuries like they’re the enemy, I don’t name them, I don’t coddle them, I just deal with them and it sounds you’ve done the same! many good days ahead for you!

    I have to say it, just this once, ‘sorry for your loss!’

  • B. Morris

    So sorry to hear of your accident, a speedy recovery, looking forward to more informative and engaging stories from you on PBS.

  • Gene Mikulka

    Absolutely shocked by the description of this horrible turn of events, this could have been far worse. Happy you are alive and survived this horrendous ordeal. Your closing words invoked another quote by Dr. Randy Pausch “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” You’ll still win this one, too. Between your good nature those who support you, you’ll come out the other side stronger. All my hopes for a fast recovery and we see you “back in the saddle” soon.

  • ~Marianne

    Prayers are coming your way!

  • Jack

    thinking about you man, hope you have a great recovery. i’ve always enjoyed your work and will continue to do so. you are one of the good ones! stay strong!

  • Tim O’Brien

    Read this and felt terrible for you, but you seem to be in good spirits and know that you were lucky in the end.
    Here is one O’Brien wishing another a speedy recovery.

  • Andrea Braslavsky Kane

    Miles, I am so sorry to hear that you lost part of your arm! I wish you a speedy recovery/rehab! (PS: your story of how you came to be typing with one hand is plenty good/interesting… i don’t think you can ask for any more drama)! Best wishes and many hugs!

  • Tavi Greiner

    Oh, Miles, wow … crazy how the most unexpected things can happen so quickly. Wishing you all the very very best as you continue forward.

    Just one of many Space Tweep fans …

  • Nate Ramsey

    I’m an occupational therapist, an assistive technology specialist, and an upper extremity amputee. If you have any questions about ANYTHING, feel free to send me an email. I’m fortunate enough to have a pretty unique perspective about this stuff. [My story is also a lot more boring than yours. I was born without my left hand.]

    Anyway, it’s great to see that you’ve got a sense of humor so early on. It also helps a lot that you have a solid background in science and technology. There are a lot of great assistive technologies and prosthetics available now, with some exciting developments on the horizon. You’ll be able to hunt down some tech that will help you adapt.

    You might have seen Microsoft’s recent Super Bowl commercial about assistive technologies. Public interest is strong right now. As a journalist, you might even be able to take a crappy situation and make…crap-ade? The analogy works better with lemons.

  • Mary Wood Littleton

    Miles, I am so sorry to hear this but happy you are alive and well. I’ve never heard of anything like this, so thank you for explaining it. You’re better than most journalists with a hand tied behind your back, so I know this won’t hold you back. Your attitude is tremendous.

  • Shauno

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your arm
    but happy that you are still with us!

  • Yvonne

    To quote a famous rescue mission…failure is not an option. Miles stay strong !

  • Adam Wilkenfeld

    From a VJ back in 1999 you were a favorite and your cell phone number is still somehow programmed. You were such a normal guy and we loved working with you. Loved your perspective and always wanted to hear your voice from space. What an incredible story and my thoughts are with you. I was trying to explain this all to my wife and she didn’t understand… but IT’S MILES O’BRIEN! Here’s wishing you all the of luck with all the challenges that lie ahead. AW

  • Bill Theodore

    I read about your terribly tragic accident.
    I wish I could write something that would
    soothe the frustration you must feel. I wish
    you the speediest physical and psychological
    healing. Golly one never knows what is around the corner……Bill Theodore (NBC News retired).

  • Rachel Stern

    What a way to wake up to the world! I am so sorry for your loss. You have a great attitude — but you ARE going to have ups and downs. Life just is that way. Keep smiling and laugh a lot. It will help.

  • Madhyamika

    Miles, you will be in my Metta Meditation. Your documentary on CNN about the Dalai Lama is one of my all time favorite reports. You might recall the Four Noble Truths that the Buddha taught. Hope reflection on it give you additional strength as you recover from the surgery. Lots of friendly wishes to you and your family.

  • Jacquie

    Get well soon, you are an inspiration.

  • Molly Sheridan

    I’ve always been a great fan of yours. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • John Burnham

    I’m sorry to hear about all of his, Miles. I hope you make as gracious a recovery as the grace you have shown in your reporting. I’ve missed seeing your face on TV, but I hope things are otherwise going well for you.

  • Jean Barish

    I’m so sorry to learn of your accident. Bummer. Hope you’ll soon be feeling better. I look forward to seeing you on PBS again.

  • Saadia

    Prayers for you ! Hope everything is back to normal soon!

  • Traci

    Hey Miles! I worked with you a long time ago at CNN. You’re in my thoughts, buddy. Hang in there–the stories only get better from here.

  • Mary Devore

    Miles O’Brien, from the west coast of Florida comes a sigh of relief that only a limb was lost in order to save a precious life. I’m a huge fan and have spread your news to my family and friends, all of whom are fans as well. You have always inspired us to look upward. We return the favor by holding you up there now.

  • Mrianne Dyson

    I am sorry you have to go through this ordeal (especially the pain!), but I have a feeling you’ll end up helping a lot of people around the world through sharing your experience and being such a good role model. A year from now, I bet you’re not only writing with a “Robonaut” hand, but flying your plane, too!

  • Chris

    A few years back I saw a TED talk about a way to help with phantom pain. It sounded crazy, but I guess it works…

  • Omar Rivero

    We just heard this news from a friend who worked with you on his grad school project. Man, I am so very sorry to hear this. We loved your science reporting and your show with Soledad. Good thoughts to you and your family for a speedy recovery. Your positive outlook is impressive and will now doubt serve your recovery.

  • Doug

    I worked at CNN and CNNI in the early 2000’s and was a VJ and audio OP for you at times. I glad you are alive but sorry for the new challenge you must go through. I sure you be fine and will turn this accident into something good. Take care and good luck.

  • http://www, Diane


    I am so sorry to hear about this.

    My Mom and Dad had a saying: “Equal to the task.”
    I believe you are very equal to this task of recovery and coping with life changed and exploring the future.
    I look forward to seeing you on my tv or reading articles you will write, for I have no doubt we’ll all be seeing you soon. :)

  • John Carrico

    Woah! So sorry to read this. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and getting used to new things. And thank you for sharing with us.

  • Carolyn Thompson

    I’m so sorry this has happened to you, but you are joining an amazing supportive community of people with disabilities who have accomplished much with ingenuity and resilience. Check out Tommye K. Mayer’s book, One-Handed in a Two-Handed World.

  • Cindy Patrick

    Just shocked, Miles. Such a matter of fact account but I am certain you are trying to spare us some grim moments. You are in my thoughts and I am quite sure your journey ahead will fuel some excellent journalism.

  • ken walker

    I’m certain I speak for thousands who are just too shy and/or lazy to write this, but you’ve handled this matter with as much grace as anyone can expect (more than I suspect I’d have), and managed to retain your sense of humor in the process. I wish you the best of luck, and thanks for giving the rest of us a lesson on how best to deal with adversity.

  • Nariman

    Very brave of you to write about the experience in such a matter of fact way. If I was (God forbid) ever in your position, I’d turn into a sobbing little girl faster than doctors make such calls on whether or not to amputate. I hope you carry on and face the new challenges with the same poise you’re showing now, and I hope modern science catches up quickly and helps deal you a more fair hand.

    Stay Strong and Eloquent, and Cheers from Canada.

  • Jon Crane

    Miles, I am so sorry to learn about what happened, but I am glad you are going to be okay. Jon

  • Alex Rosson


    Xeni just informed me of the news. My thoughts are with you and I am glad you are alive.

    Sending lots of love and healing vibes.

  • john kim

    Mr. O’Brien! I’m just glad that you’re getting on and better. Mainstream broadcasting is a confused junkyard–in much part because they don’t have people like you to report the news. Get well soon.

  • Denise Dillon

    I read about this while sitting in the middle of the newsroom, and couldn’t believe what I was reading. You seem like you are taking it all very well.. Much better than I would. Thinking about you.

  • Marco

    Miles, you were and have ever been my favorite CNN reporter. Every time I saw you ogle over NASA news, it really inspired me to learn more about the agency. Now, after reading countless books, buying a telescope, and photographing the now finished ISS through it, I think back to the time it was being built and how you enthusiastically narrated each Shuttle launch.

    Thanks you for the inspiration! I hope you smoothly transition into your new normal. Perhaps you’ll consider one of those new bionic arms which feature quite a bit of NASA tech. :)

  • Linda

    Our collective arms offer themselves to you in a loving embrace and helping hands when you need them.

  • Frank of America

    All the best to you Miles. I have always liked and respected your work. I trust you will adjust with the same aplomb you bring to your chosen profession. As you says, you will be alright. A life or a limb is not a choice anyone would want to make but you did the right thing and will prosper for it.

  • Justin Miles

    I’m a huge fan of you Miles, take care of yourself. Very sorry to hear the news.

  • rich Lerner

    Hi Miles, had the pleasure of working along side you on Devon Island some years ago and never forgot your energy and good will. Speedy return to a successful happy life.

    rich lerner

  • Howard Adamsky

    Miles, I am so sorry. I wish you peace and joy. I wish I could help.


    Howard Adamsky

  • Dan Pimentel

    Miles: So glad you are still with us. I had the exact same thing from a workers comp injury in the late 90s, but they caught it in time so with the exception of a small squawk, my arm is otherwise operational.
    There is lots of life left in you man, and the aviation community will embrace you, welcome you and you’ll always BE A PART OF THIS AVIATION FAMILY.

  • Troy Body

    You really put our day into perspective. You are an inspiration.

  • Mick Thompson

    Dear Miles,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your accident. I’m a big fan of your work on the Newshour and hope you recover quickly and easily.
    All the Best,
    Mick Thompson
    Seattle, Wa

  • Donald Douglas (@AmPowerBlog)

    I’m just so glad you’re okay, Miles. Always enjoyed watching you and your zest for journalism and science. God bless you.

  • Jean

    Miles . . Life is full, sometimes of surprises. 8 years now, without most of my left hand. Your body will make the adjustment faster than your brain, humans are very much more resilient than we realize. Best to you in your journey of discovery!

  • Dr Will Acklin

    Miles thank you for all of your great reporting. I look forward to much more.I am praying to God that he will lead you through this wilderness experience. there is a promise land on thr other side of the wilderness.Find great consilation in knowing thst Gold will never leave you nor will he forsake you. May God keep you is my prayer.

  • nancy Hanrahan

    Buck up, my boy. I sent condolences and I value you and your work. Me

  • John Getter

    Miles, what an absolute bummer. You know you’ve got a whole bunch of friends just waiting to help if there’s anything we can do. Get well, my friend.

  • pete may

    your one of the smartest guys on the news, godspeed in your recover!

  • Tim Lauer

    I enjoy your work and hope you are back at it soon. Best wishes and good luck .

  • Nancy Miller

    Miles, Your enthusiasm for life, and love of others continues to be remarkable. Find the best place for care, surrounded by people just like you who will empower you to carry on and continue your quest and curiosity of life’s adventure. I know nothing will hold you back. Hurry home!!! Let me know if you end up in Atl. for tx.

  • Jason Emauelson

    From one of the few people I trust in the profession I used to love, to say I was in shock after reading this was quite the understatement. You have always been a ray of light to journalism and brought curiosity back to television news. After first, my thoughts were “why” and “how could this happen to you,” but after thinking about it, I realize that this will be a defining moment for you, and a catalyst to be even greater than you already were in our minds. Many people would use what happened as a reason to stop, complain and then seek sympathy, but the spirit you always engendered on television will propel you into even greater feats and even if grace is not always there, you will be a better person from this. It is hard to probably see now, but nothing in life comes without and opportunity to shine. Shine on, our curious and fearless wanderer, shine on! You’ve got your own back, for you are strong, but we’ve got it, too!

  • Dan Barry

    Standing by to help– just say the word.

  • anna who you do not know

    Thanks for letting the rest of us learn from your experience.
    As for the phantom pain, are mirror boxes used this soon after surgery, or only later on?

  • Dinah Davidson

    Miles, I’m glad you’re alive and kicking. You didn’t really need that arm anyway. I had 3 toes amputated last summer and and a breast removed and I’ve hardly blinked an eye over it – speaking of eyes, my little white dog Arthur, had an eye removed before Christmas and he just strutted around as if it hadn’t even happened. So take it easy and let people pamper you and serve you for a bit, and get back to reporting. I’ve watched you since you were a reporter at CNN. Glad you are okay.

  • pat bahn


    It is good to know you are out of danger, and I want to wish you the best in recovery and therapeutic recovery.

  • John Kuczka

    Hi Miles, don’t know if you remember me, but I’m Kathy Kuczka’s brother. I met you some years ago in Atlanta and have since enjoyed your reporting on CNN. I’m very sorry to hear this. A while back I lost my left eye in a plane crash. Although not as debilitating as losing an arm it altered my plans somewhat and set me on a different path. The funny thing is, I couldn’t have planned that path better. From what I remember about you and from viewing your reports, I’m confident you’ll be fine and continue to succeed. I wish you the best, JK

  • Sharon

    What a shock Mr. O’Brien…I hope you know many people are sending best thoughts and prayers your way. I had breast cancer almost two years ago and now my husband has cancer. Each step in life is the knowledge that things can change in an instant, but life is still beautiful and you embrace it all!

  • Jim Coyer


    I really admire your attitude and outlook. You inspire me. I hope the pain goes away, and you find that Dragon, Siri, and other technologies only make it easier for you to keep up the work. I’ve been a fan of your reporting for a long time and wanted to reach out to say something.

    Jim Coyer

  • Marco E

    There’s a song by Phish called, “Limb by Limb” which tells a story of grit and inspiration. Check it out, Miles.
    Keep the blue side up!

  • Jason Fung

    Miles, this is a harrowing story. I am sorry to hear you had to undergo this. The way you handled yourself and told this misadventure shows grace. Here’s to many more years of great reporting- two arms or one!

  • Carol Lin

    Sending you love, concern and California sunshine for you and your family

  • Robbie

    All the best as you recover and learn to deal with a new way of doing things. Hope to see you back on the air soon.

  • Christina

    Miles, Thank you SO much for sharing your story. I can’t imagine what you have been through. I will be praying for you. Thank God it was only “part” of you and not “all” of you. I pray that you know Jesus Christ loves you and although you may not understand why this happened, you find comfort in knowing He has a plan for you. We only see what’s in front of us while He sees our end from our beginning. May you find comfort, peace and strength in Him. You are a treasure! May He richly bless you!

  • Jan

    Wow. Thanks for sharing your story. Others are more aware of this type of injury now and this knowledge could save a life, or limb. Glad you made it through. Your positive spirit is also a great example for others! Best wishes to you.

  • Kari Tervo

    Miles, I am very sorry that you are enduring a shocking and life-changing experience. Please do communicate and reach out if you are feeling bad. I know it’s a whole other identity issue to have people worry about you, but please allow people to worry about you. You’re dealing with something big, and support is essential in coping. I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and adjustment.

  • Amy (Bowers) Marash

    oh no Miles, this is horrible. You are a resilient person and no doubt you will cope very well.
    wishing you a good recovery,

  • merrin

    Or here, the high tech version of the ‘mirrors’.

  • Joe Garma

    I remember wondering what you might be up to just the other day when watching a piece on the Newshour that I would have expected you to do.

    I’ve long admired your work and hope you can find the grit and equanimity to leap past this.

    Be well,


  • Anthony

    Miles, so sorry to hear this. Stay strong and keep on reporting. You always do an excellent job and I’m sure you can overcome this setback. All the best.

  • Lourdes

    Miles, I am heartbroken by the news. That something like this should happen to someone like you. It’s the shock of it I’m referring to. I only learned about science and NASA bc you were the one reporting. You are my favorite reporter. You actually made science interesting for me. I will pray for your recovery and for better days ahead. Please keep educating us. God bless.

  • austin silver

    Don’t let the small stuff get you down! I’m wishing you and Xeni (I assume you are still seeing her) well… You will always be a hero in my book, and now you can be my bionic one…

  • Gloria Cabot

    Miles, am so very sorry to hear about your accident. You are one of the good guys, and I have always appreciated your style of reporting and explaining things in a manner that we non-science folk can understand. (Thank you!) So, please keep writing/reporting.

    A bit earlier, Keith Vauquelin said of you: “have no doubt that you are more than equal to the new challenge in front of you”, and I agree. My best wishes of encouragement to you, Miles, during your time of adjustment and healing.

  • Chris Ward

    I hope the silver lining of this terrible tragedy is the hope you can bring to many amputees. As a world renowned science and technology journalist, you will be able to bring attention to the advances in synthetic limb replacement. There are many veterans who will benefit from the light you can shine on the subject. I do not wish to diminish your personal loss. You have my prayers.

  • Nelson Bridwell


    One more thing that you have in common with Luke Skywalker. Time to start using the force!

    You will prevail.

  • Emmanuel Calupig

    Sorry to hear of your mishap, but glad to see that you can still throw in a Monty Python joke. Hopefully your next trip out to my neighborhood will be less eventful.

  • Mike

    Really loved your Blueprint America series. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can inspire more people with your reporting.

  • Valerie Hoff

    I’m so sorry to hear this news Miles. Thank God you are okay though I know you have a of of adjustments to make. Hang in there!!!

  • Valerie Hoff

    I’m so sorry to hear this news Miles. Thank God you are okay though I know you have a of of adjustments to make. Hang in there!!!

  • Louis Delli Paoli

    All the guys at the morning show on CNN wish you all the best. We were just talking about you last week when we got snowed in. Anytime you want tix SNL just let us know. Hang in there.

  • Karen and Brian

    Take time to heal in all ways. Remember that you have an inner core of strength; you may not have had to call upon it too often, but it is there. Google Kurt Yaeger (BMX rider) for a glimpse of how our bodies and minds, with our cooperation, learn to adapt to changing situations. Our best wishes for health and peace. Please keep us posted.

  • Andrew Cote

    I don’t know you, Miles, but, your attitude is inspiring to me. What bad luck you had with that random accident, but what a great perspective you seem to have. The best to you.

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  • mario giampaglia

    Hey Miles,

    Shocking news. Hope you heal quickly and maintain your positive attitude and sense of humor throughout. It was a pleasure working with you on the SAP shows some years back and hope our paths might cross again. All the best for your complete recovery and rehab.

  • A grateful fan

    I have been a Miles O’Brien fan for a number of years. I am so sorry to read about this. With the insight, intelligence, curiosity, and compassion you share so generously in your stories, you will build a new life for yourself. I will be excited to see you return to television and hope you keep us all posted via your blog, etc. Please take very good care of yourself.

  • Tom Kassab

    I am very sadden to hear this news.

    As we both grew up in Grosse Pointe we always take the high road and look forward and not back.

    You’re a strong guy and I know life will continue to be great for you.

    There is some wonderful technology out there in prosthetics.

    Anything you need or I can help with in ANY way at all, please call me. You’ve got my number!

    Here is a cool link:

    Take care my friend!


    • tim fidler

      Miles that sucks my friend.

      I am happy that you made it out alive. It seems like so many dangerous bacteria and viruses continue to come out of the woodwork and little things grow into life changing events in the blink of an eye. Its great to see you are taking this in stride and I know things are different now but I look forward to your future reporting

  • Ron Zabrocki

    You are proving to be an amazing individual in how you are coping with this life changing situation. You are an inspiration. Be well.

  • Steve Gorevan

    Miles. Jeezus.
    You’re right. You are safe, and with us…alive. Thank goodness.

  • Tony

    Hey, Miles! Keep your head up, my friend. Wishing you the best. You’re a great guy and this is terrible news, but if ANYONE CAN make it, it’ll be you! Best wishes!

  • karin John

    so sorry to hear, glad you are ok and sending best wishes for the future! I have no doubt that you will adapt quickly and keep moving forward.

  • Piers Morgan


  • Jay Honeycutt

    Miles-Sorry to hear. Let us know if we can help.
    Jay and Peg

  • Linda and Steve

    Having spent many years at JSC and USAF we have admired your reporting and your easy going, yet on point reporting. Be well. Prayers going up for you.

  • Ellen Prager


    So sorry to hear about your accident and the result. Love your resilient spirit and humor. Very best wishes and good luck in your recovery and moving forward!

    Ellen Prager

  • Beth Dickey

    I can only hope to be as courageous as you, Miles. God bless.

  • zhaphod

    Hi miles,

    I am very sorry this happened. I have been a fan of your reporting for many years and especially enjoyed your reporting on space/science related issues.

    I hope you get a bad ass terminator judgement day like prosthetic. :)

    Wish you speedy recovery. Take care.

  • Larry Koehn

    Please get better quickly! AND, if you want to do any swearing on Dragon Dictate…good luck!

  • lee walsh

    Dear Miles ,I can not believe …I am so sorry,the curves we are all thrown! You are so strong!Love and Prayers, Lee

  • Rick H

    You will be OK! I lost the use of my right arm and hand back in 1992. Just trust in the Lord! There is a story about people talking about what they were thankful for. A man said he did not have much to be thankful for Bad things had happen to him. A young boy came up to him and said “Mister did your feet hit the ground this morning?” The man had a funny look on him. The camera pulls back. The young boy was in a wheelchair. I diud not feel sorry for myself anymore.

  • Rodney

    Hi miles.
    coming from down under, I have not come across any if your work.
    But I would like to say, I was touched by your positive nature to this challenge in your life.
    I wish you well and the best of luck with the path in front of you.
    Cheers mate :)

  • Bill Lattanzi

    Dear Miles – What a wonderful attitude you have to your new reality. I look forward to the new world of stories that has just now opened up for you.

  • Michael Doornbos

    As always, thanks for your inspiring us with your can do attitude. Get well friend.

  • Les

    So sorry to hear what has happened, but like you say you are happy to be alive. Hope That things will go for the better in the future.

  • nick smith

    Miles – I wish you the best in your recovery. I am absolutely floored by your positive attitude about it all. You are a true inspiration.
    Nick Smith – San Francisco

  • Stephanie

    I came to this link because I’ve followed some of your work via PBS (and CNN to a lesser degree). While this is surely terrible news and an adjustment, the tone of your letter is pretty inspiring. I think that many people become more capable when they are faced with potential limitations to their capabilities, if this is the case with you, I think we all have a lot to look forward to.

    Be well.

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  • Jonathan Mann

    You have always been a great journalist and a man of enormous modesty, dignity and decency. I am shocked by what you’ve endured, as are all your professional colleagues. But you are addressing it with the honesty, clarity and level-headedness that we’ve known you for, for years. Be well.

  • Dan Gerson

    Miles, I have always admired your intellect, your honesty, your forthright nature, and your courage. Today, my admiration for your basic nature has been amped up a few notches. I do believe you when you say you’ll be fine, but know that our thoughts are with you as face a future you hadn’t anticipated, complete with unforeseen challenges and new victories. My best to you, Mr. O’Brien!

  • Kathy Kuczka

    Miles, if anyone can manage this, you can.
    You were a wise person before this. Now the ocean of wisdom begins. Much peace. Kathy

  • Gina London

    Miles, I admired you when I worked with you at CNN. You were smart, clever and had a great sense of humor. You are still all of those things – but I clearly missed an important attribute that I now see. You are also COURAGEOUS! Bravo.

  • Mari Anne Souza

    You’re a brave man. Your ‘cup-is-half-full’ attitude will get you through this and whatever lies ahead. I wish you well.

  • Kyle

    Good luck, Miles! As a space geek, I’ve followed your work as a space/aviation correspondent since I was a kid. I have no doubt this latest challenge will be no obstacle for your good humor and dedication.

  • Blaine Baggett


    Hard to know what to say that will make this better for you. But know you are in my thoughts and prayers. And as always, you are a most welcome friend and colleague I always look forward to seeing at my doorstep. I am here to assist and support in any way possible.


  • chuck FAzio

    Miles, thrilled that you are alive but terribly sorry to hear of your problem. Ive had a few skin tags taken off my body recently and I have rejected the doctor’s call for antibiotics. After hearing of your plight, I shall no longer be so stupid. Again, sorry for the arm but glad you are alive. (WRC circa 1984)

  • Howard


    Might I recommend a device called the FrogPad. It is a keyboard that is designed for one-handed use. There is even an entry in Wikipedia about the unit.

  • Heather Fenton

    Miles, shocked to hear the news. We are thinking of you.

  • rima featherstone

    So sorry to read about this. I won,t tell you to be strong and brave, you are those things already. Instead I”‘ll tell you not to hesitate on those who love you; they’ll appreciate your letting them be strong and brave for you.

    All the best.

  • Roberta Stone

    Wow! Sorry to hear about this.Glad you’re still with us. I really respect your reporting.

  • Scout Finch

    Is “Dragon Dictate” some coping mechanism whereby you hire a dragon from a temp agency to type stuff for you? That seems inefficient and potentially dangerous, but nevertheless an exciting compensation for the loss of a limb.

    In all seriousness, you have the unlimited sympathy of this Random Disabled Stranger who came here from Gawker. I’m glad you survived and wish you all the best with your recovery. Make them give you the good drugs.

    P.S. Say hi to the dragon.

  • james barraford

    I’m so sorry to read your account and wish you the best possible recovery. Life is so flukie sometimes as your story shows.
    In times of turmoil I always go back to what Warren Zevon said when taking about his terminal cancer…. “Enjoy every sandwich.”
    That’s something we all need to do.
    Be well and see you soon in TV.

  • Ken Robinson

    Dear Miles – You are blessed with legions of friends who all respect and care for you. Thank you for sharing this article as it puts a human face to the struggle of all citizens who are challenged by disability access to society, especially our veterans. Would love to network you into those stories as you could bring as much to the subjects as you did for SPACE and the shuttle program. Please keep in touch,I am back and forth between DC and LA. Big cyber hug – Ken

  • Kelley Welf

    Hi Miles,

    OMG! What a freak thing to happen. You write about this so eloquently that I know you’ll persevere. All my very best wishes for you, and I’ll keep you in my prayers even though you say not to worry. Please take care of yourself!


  • Barbara

    Thank god your alive!!! Everything else will fall into place….you will be just fine!

  • Camille

    Miles, we are so sorry to hear this news. Your are such a strong incredible person that we know you will endure. All our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love Mike and Camille Toppo.

  • Karl Eggestad

    My goodness, Miles! That’s terrible. I am so sorry. On the other hand , you’re STRONG and you will get through this. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We met a few times back at CNN, and I’ve always been impressed with your dedication and insight shown through your work and just being you. Your ability to communicate what matters about science in is simply remarkable, and you will get back – as you already showed in today’s post.

    Take care!

  • SK

    Mr O’Brien, Very Sad to hear the news. You were always great with your reporting on CNN and you are handling this life changing condition very gracefully similar way. Wish you the very best and continued success.

  • http://none Wendy

    When I get down, and think that my life is so hard, I watch a video or two on You Tube by Nick Vujicic, he was born with no arms or legs and yet is happy, healthy and does anything he wants to do. Then I think to myself, what is my excuse again for not doing something? I have none…and I propel myself on in life doing for others and myself. Nick Vujicic is a great inspiration! Best Wishes!

  • David Hutchison

    I lost my right leg in a Motorcycle Accident almost a year ago. I am 61. Life goes on and while in someways it is more inconvenient, in many ways has become much more interesting.

    I look forward to some great reporting from you on ways your life has changed for the better by the things you have learned by this experience.

  • Ellen

    Dear Miles,

    What a devastating story. I’m proud of your fortitude,and you’re my new favorite journalist. Here’s a couple of random musings:

    I met one of my favorite former beaux at a party where he was sitting at a table, rolling a cigarette with his hook. Smitten! i guess prosthesis are all the rage these days but that beautiful man rocked that hook and was a spectacular handy man who was so proficient that we joked it was like a Swiss Army knife.

    Also, during your convalescence, you might want to read John Irving’s “The Fifth Hand”, if you want your mind blown.

    Best wishes to you in your recovery and thanks that you are here to tell the tale!

  • Lawrence Whitehead

    I have admired your work for years, space and science reporting in particular. I wish you the very best fortune in having as easy an adjustment as possible. I hate to day it but there is a very good story here, especially in contemporary prostheses and rehabilitation medicine, but a rather hard way to get one.

  • Andy Lacher

    Wow! A shocking event. What is impressive is your overwhelmingly positive attitude in the face of such significant trauma. Just weeks ago, I watched as you wrapped a bungee cord around the same pelican cases in my office. Who would have thought that they were the most dangerous things we discussed all day. Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery and appreciate the attitude you are modeling for all.

  • Von White

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

  • Myles

    Hello Miles.. I am also a Myles – inches for short.
    I was a NASA employee for many years and after retirement followed your reporting on the Space Program (well done)
    I know the Bio-Medical-Engineering programs will get you as close to normal as possible.
    Please do a full in-depth report on the progress over time and your experience and the technology of a new engineered body part. Your technical writing skills will make it a must read. Thank you for all you have done, and mostly for all that lies ahead.

    Myles Byrne

  • glenn van zutphen

    So sorry to hear about your ordeal.
    But, glad you’re alive to tell the tale and to continue to be an inspiration to so many people through your work and the person you are. Chin up!

  • Ronnie

    Hi miles hope u r doing better. Watched ur reporting for years. Sorry about your arm but yes be grateful the rest of u is in tact. Lost my finger recently – freak accident walking dogs. Couldn’t be fixed it so had to be amputated. Was having hard time with it & VA sent me to a trauma counselor. She had no arms & no legs – I was never more grateful to have all the body parts I have. Take care & god bless you!

  • Lon Rains

    Wishing you a speedy recovery

  • Bill Beardslee

    Miles – The suddenness and unexpected nature of this was stunning. But what is really impressive is your posture through all of this – focusing on the future, maintaining an extraordinary sense of humor and not seeking blame. I can only hope to have half the composure were such a thing to happen to me. Hats off to you!

    Best – Bill

  • Paul King

    I’m so sad to hear this news. There is no better reporter on a range of great topics than Miles. Stories told with great depth and intelligence and wit.
    I have no doubt this misfortune will be turned into an uplifting example of how to cope and thrive in the case of loss of a limb.
    It’s a horrible twist of fate but Miles will show us something fresh, edifying and courageous as he always does. With a dose of philosophical humor I’m sure.
    Sending love to you, sir. Much love.

  • Paula

    I read about your accident on CNN and had to comment as I am struck by your grace and good humor. You will do well.

  • Joyce Winterton

    Miles, so sorry to hear about your accident and current challenge. I know you will continue to be an inspiration to others and demonstrate how a sense of humor gets one through very tough times. Best wishes. Joyce

  • Dave Brody (@DavidSkyBrody)

    Miles, you constantly prove that journalism is not just a job, it’ a calling. Never the prima donna, you got tagged in the line of duty, diving in hands on, as always.

    You recount this story with the utmost grace, humor and bravery – just as you have on every piece throughout your career. Even when it’s deeply personal, you are maximally professional. Your life is a lesson. And you are a legend.

  • Al Agnew

    In the aviation community, your reporting is considered the most helpful and factual when it comes to explaining facts about flying to the public. Simply put, you’re the only one that doesn’t make me want to yell at the TV when there is an incident or accident.

    I hope you will be able to get back to flying once the trauma and shock of this loss is behind you.

    Blue skies and tailwinds, buddy!

    Captain Al
    A320 – JetBlue

  • Jim Keller

    Like most I’m sure, I was shocked to see this. But your attitude is everything and I can tell right now you are making it through this unexpected challenge just fine with the class and dignity you have always displayed. I wish you the best my friend.
    Jim Keller

  • Kamran


    We don’t know each other personally but I have watched & admired your reporting for years. I will share your story with my teenage son & daughter, with whom I recently had a conversation about life’s unannounced possibilities- including accidental loss of limb. Your response and amazing outlook will be talked about and celebrated more than any reporting you have done so far. Thank you for sharing your story, it will help countless number of people. Bless you

  • Doug Rozendaal

    Wow!!! What a difference a moment can make… Good luck on your recovery, and for what it is worth, I know a couple arm amputees that fly. One flies Stearman, and another has a single pilot type-rating in a C-525. Flying is great therapy… Go Flying!

    • Mike

      Been there done that except mine was my left leg. They were able to save my leg but now I am on Oxycodone and morphine for the pain I’m in, it’s been 2 years now and pain is no better so now I’m getting a spinal cord stimulator implant, that’s my last hope, I’m now on crutches hoping some day to be able to use a cane only. Sometimes I think I’d be better off if they would have amputated my leg. Praying we both can get thur this and have a life in the future, best of luck!

      • Linda Ferrante

        Mr. O’Brien,
        I am so sorry about your accident leading to the amputation. However, your positive attitude can be felt reading your article.
        I too had a freak accident in 1989. My right arm was crushed in a machine (giant roledex)tractor-gear fed, gearing similar to the machines used in the midwest to pick corn. This machine activated taking my arm into severing the ulna and radial bones in half, the skin was not broken. This accident happened in a hospital where I worked. Must have been an angel on my shoulder that night as while being trapped finally a man came in and helped crowbarring me out. That man was the chief of orthopedic surgery who had just learned of the procedure called fasiotomy to relieve pressure. It worked for me 11 major surgeries in less than 1 year. I was actually a guniea pig for tissue expansion, making my own skin to replace all the skin that was debrided. I wish I could forward the 8 power-point slides I have as I finished my program became a surgical scrub in the O.R. was employed by an otolaryngolgist from Johns Hopkins for 12 years and now finishing core biologies in hopes of becoming a doctor. I honestly know first hand the pain you have been through.
        My best in your recovery. Stay positive!
        Linda Ferrante

  • Janaline

    AWWww..Mr O’Brien…I am SOooo, Sorry for Your loss. Im Glad You created this Blog to tell your Story, it gives people much insight into what you are dealing with. I LOV LOVE that you hv a sense of HUMOR! Please continue to write and Keep US updated on your Progress! I Wish You a SpeedY recover from your phantom PAIN! Jan

  • osman moreno

    i am so sorry. you are a courageous man.
    God Bless.
    wish you the best

  • Linda Ferrante

    Mr. O’Brien,
    I am so sorry about your accident leading to the amputation. However, your positive attitude can be felt reading your article.
    I too had a freak accident in 1989. My right arm was crushed in a machine (giant roledex)tractor-gear fed, gearing similar to the machines used in the midwest to pick corn. This machine activated taking my arm into severing the ulna and radial bones in half, the skin was not broken. This accident happened in a hospital where I worked. Must have been an angel on my shoulder that night as while being trapped finally a man came in and helped crowbarring me out. That man was the chief of orthopedic surgery who had just learned of the procedure called fasiotomy to relieve pressure. It worked for me 11 major surgeries in less than 1 year. I was actually a guniea pig for tissue expansion, making my own skin to replace all the skin that was debrided. I wish I could forward the 8 power-point slides I have as I finished my program became a surgical scrub in the O.R. was employed by an otolaryngolgist from Johns Hopkins for 12 years and now finishing core biologies in hopes of becoming a doctor. I honestly know first hand the pain you have been through.
    My best in your recovery. Stay positive!
    Linda Ferrante

  • Carla Field

    Very saddened to hear what you are having to deal with. But having admired your work for years, and hearing the courage between the lines in your post, I predict, somewhere down the road, a brilliant first-person report on the unbelievable bionic prosthetics that are now available. Hang in there.You are widely loved, appreciated and supported.

  • John DeDakis


    Thank you for sharing your story. I can only imagine what you’ve been through. You’re in my thoughts and prayers. Please contact me if you need an ear.


  • rylee99

    People need to realize that pressure/pain/numbness in a limb needs immediate tests and assistance. This is not stressed enough to the general public and when they seek help is not always believed as a serious situation. I lived this too but the leg is gone. The humour came immediately and then give yourself time to grieve and be sad. You will survive if you have support and love around you. I am still struggling but it does boil down to who you have in your camp….you seem like you will do fine. No crutches for you….you are lucky your mobility is with you my friend.

  • Kay

    Thank you for sharing your story. You just never know what hand life will deal you. You seem to have a positive outlook. I wish you the best in your recovery and new reality.

  • na

    As an RN I have had the honor to co- experience(once removed) this with my patients. I agree the trauma & disbelieve
    is palpable in the immediate days and months of its occurrence. What takes my breath away is how each person reacts to this event in a different and personal way.
    ….I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    Ask yourself, What is important to you ?
    How & where do you see yourself a year from now?

  • PeteG

    I wish I had your outlook on things. Lol. Something like this would end me. Can’t lie. Kudos, Mr O’Brien, and the best of luck.

  • Jill Tarter

    As instructed, I won’t worry about you, but I will think about you and wish you well… and hug however many arms you have when next we meet.

  • C. Kaye Hutton

    For what it is worth from a stranger, my father lost his arm above the elbow at the age of 14 in 1936 due to a shooting accident. Prosthetics were not what they were now – more like a lump of wood on a leather strap. After rehab & trying, he chose not to use anything. I can honestly say that I never saw him held back by the fact he only had one arm. With all of the medical advantages available to you, I know you will recover from this.

  • Bob & David

    Miles, get well greetings from your former Mail Boxes Etc. owners in Decatur, GA. None of us are there any longer, but we are thinking of you during your recovery.

    Good Luck and we’ll see you back on air soon . . . .

  • Eric


    I came across this story via Yahoo! News this morning. Your work has always been top notch, and I know this experience won’t knock you down. Stay strong, stay confident, and remember that we’re always going to be proud to see where life takes you next. (Just with a few more ‘Monty Python’ jokes on the way.)

    Best wishes,

  • Barb Serrano

    Wow Miles…so sad to hear. Sounds like you have taken the high road and are making the best of it. I’m a huge fan of yours and of CNN. I look forward to seeing you back on the air soon. Best of luck to you!! Sending warm wishes from sunny Arizona.

  • Eric Johnson

    I received your story from an old broadcast-gypsy friend. What a great attitude you have!! I helped a veterinarian southmate through brain tumor (glioblastoma) treatment her last year of life. She died at 50-years-old and had a great positive attitude, joking around right to the end.
    We went hiking and traveled when we could and life took on a whole new meaning. The tumor moved to her spine and took the use of her legs and she just kept rocking along. Every time I picked her up to move her was another chance to give her a hug. You’ll find lots of support early on. I suggest your friends hang in there for the long haul. It’s not about the first month or three that you get through, it’s about the folks who will step up again and again for years to come…and they will be there. Count on it!!!

  • ljames

    Hey Miles,
    Glad you are alive! The doctor got it right, you’re worth more than an arm. :-)
    God Bless,

  • Clare Connaughton

    I had a medical shock some five years ago. Like you, I am grateful to be alive and now something else: I am more present & more compassionate. You will continue to be smart, funny and good looking but this event will surely add something more to your psychic menu: that is for you to discover. I suspect it will be profound.

  • Clay

    Best Wishes and strength for accepting the realization, irony, that you never know how your life changes in an inconsequential moment. Like all great people, you pick yourself up and re prioritize. New doors will open and opportunities present themselves.

  • http://N/A Ciro Villa

    Hey Miles, long time follower and admirer of your work. We met at the Cape for STS-129 launch.

    I am really sorry to hear about your story. I am not going to add much to the usual wishes of a prompt recovery.

    I am just going to say that I agree with Ms. Fran Johns; you are a strong man and granted that we would all obviously wished rather you not experienced your partial arm loss in the first place, I am sure recovery story will be amazing and epic. Maybe fitted with a state of the art cyber-prosthetic.

    Technology has advanced so much in that field and although nothing will ever replace your real arm, the latest advanced prosthetic are certainly the best alternatives not even available just 15 years ago.

    All the best to you.

    Ciro Villa

  • Pete

    Miles, I really enjoy your reporting. I know you guys probably don’t get told that enough, but you do great work. I wish you the best!

  • Lisa Loury Lomas

    I wish I could say I am a regular follower of yours; However, I’m sorry I cannot. A friend of mine sent me a link to this because of the similarities between the two of us. I also wish that I could say I was typing this response, But I cannot. I too am getting used to our wonderful technological advancements and I’m currently using Dragon dictation software. I too have a story. Although I have to say I believe mine is just slightly sexier than yours.

    On January 4, 2014 I slipped on the ice and fell on to A wine bottle that I was carrying in my right-hand and severed my ulnar nerve. Unfortunately the wine bottle was completely full and I have not had a drop and I was still on the sober. My slip was due to clumsiness and nothing else. Sparing you the details of second and third opinions the overwhelming consensus amongst the surgeons who examined me was that I needed to have immediate surgery but that I would never use my hand again. I found this to be ludicrous which is why I continued to get additional professional opinions. Why in the world would you need to conduct surgery if I was not going to regain the use of my hand? What I was told is that nothing beats a failure but a try, maybe in a couple of years I could regain the detection between hot and cold so that I do not set myself on fire and to control for future pain. All of those sounded reasonable. So, I had the surgery.

    Although like you I find myself tremendously grateful to be alive because there’s an artery next to the nerve I cut and I could very easily not be here today, it is clear that this has been a trauma that overwhelms me and has changed my life forever. Because I’m in good spirits and I am walking and talking people think I’m fine. I’ve been told to pray and to have positive energy. Of course I do those things; however, I must also deal with my reality. I need to be allowed to grieve, be sad, be frustrated, be angry. Often times I am not.

    Please know that you are not alone in life’s freaky accidents and adventures. I am a clinical counselor in private practice and strongly encourage you to find somebody professional to talk to. I have found that our loved ones can only walk with us on our journey but so far.

    I wish you well and I’m sending you positive energy.

    Regards from one one hander to another

  • Clay Hunter

    Your story is eloquent and provocative, your attitude is great. Best wishes for a speedy, rapid, and complete recovery!

  • Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork

    I am so sorry to hear about this! It must all come as such a shock and you must feel you’re in a bad dream. I hope recovery goes well, both mentally and physically. I’m sure you’ll have good days and bad and I hope the good days outweigh the bad ones until the bad ones disappear altogether.

  • Annette Najjar

    I am a fellow class of ’81 Hoya (Arabic major, SLL). I’ve always admired your professional trajectory, and I’m saddened to hear of this ordeal. Best of luck to you.

  • Jay Chladek

    Just a flesh wound eh? Okay Miles, I’ll remember that next time I see a T-shirt featuring the Black Knight from Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” movie. Seriously though, sorry this happened but I know you’ll get through it. When we met on STS-121 coverage all those years ago, you came off to me as a straight shooter and even if you no longer have one limb, I know you’ll turn it into an advantage and covering stories from an angle no one else has. Good luck amigo!

  • r/b

    Total stranger wishing you continued strength and a life time of abilities out weighing limitations. The shock and adjustment of coping with this massive sudden life change will also illuminate places where you are fortunate and capable, and show you which people really want recovery and BIG life for you. Keep your chin up. Be around people who want good and joy for you, avoid the victim makers…Keep rockin’.

  • Bethany Kemp

    You are in my prayers! What an awful experience! Your attitude is so positive! I know that will work for you and you will soon be doing everything you want to with 2 limbs due to the medical marvels we have today! God bless you and your work!

  • Jon Julien


    So glad you had good medical care and quick thinking Doctors.

    I am writing because I have had a related experience.

    My loss was MUCH less significant, a wedding ring finger pulled off on a ladder in 1988, but I had quite a bit of issues dealing with the loss for a few years.

    I also have a close friend who had to have his leg shortend due to a motorcycle accident. He has had some social stigma because of the “raised shoe” that he wears. I met him after the accident, and I did have some trepedation in approaching him to talk; but am glad I made the effort.

    This social situation happened to me, to my friend, and will happen to you with new aquaintances. Just let it happen and don’t worry.

    In your case, I would try to connect with others, once you are able, who have had similar amputations. It will help with healing.

    Peace on you,


  • April Harper

    Miles, whoever came up with the term “phantom pain” must be crazy because that pain is as real as it gets! As someone who also had a life changing event this year, all I can say is look around at all of the people that care about you, ask for and ACCEPT the help when you need it, and remember this changes nothing at all about who YOU are! It is what it is, I’m so sorry it happened, but we KNOW that you’re going to be awesome and somehow better than before. You will be stronger.

  • John Lundquist

    My family and I are long time fans of your broadcasts, reporting and journalism. We send thanks for all you do, please keep on keeping on. What a shocker! You are in our thoughts and will be as you make the adjustments required.
    Warm regards – John

  • terry ann knopf

    I just came upon your story about the loss of part of your arm and write to wish you well, along with hopes for a speedy recovery.

    Many years ago, I was the TV critic for The Patriot Ledger and am now a Lecturer in the Journalism Dept. at Boston University. [R.D. Sahl is one of my associates here.]

    Ironically, the other day I was just going over some very old clips, including the Boston Herald op-ed you wrote critiquing Ch. 7 at the time you worked there. It was such a courageous thing to do that I kept it as a reminder of one gutsy journalist in Boston television during those tumultuous times.

    I watched you for many years at CNN and now continue to enjoy your stories with The NewsHour.

    Best of luck to you and continued success in the future.

  • Charles Anderson


    Good luck in your recovery and hope you are back at work soon. I’ve always enjoyed your reporting. Looking forward to seeing you on the tube soon. Best wishes

  • Bailey Barash

    Miles, always with the pun, even in a situation like this. Shows me you’ll get a handle on this situation quicker than anyone and as someone already said, end up with a state-of-the-art prosthetic that does everything.

    We’ll be waiting for the multi-part series on how you handle this turning point.

    I know you have the love and support of friend and family around you and please include me in group.

  • Homayoun Azizi

    Dear Mr. O’Brien,

    I’m very sorry to hear this sad news. Life is full challenges and we must be grateful that you’re alive and able to deal with all challenges ahead. My thoughts and prayer with you. May Allah SWT give you a quick recovery and endurance to deal with everyday challenges. Best Wishes,

  • Laurie Tuchel

    Miles, Although I live in The Bahamas, I used to watch you on CNN and it now turns out that we share some mutual friends. I read your blog through one of our mutual friends, Bill Couzens, and so I wanted to wish you a strong and speedy recovery. Your courage and humour are inspiring. I hope to see you back in the reporter’s seat very soon. My very best, Laurie Tuchel, Freeport, Grand Bahama

  • http://msn Vasa

    Miles I remember watching you on cnn
    you are a great guy and a fine gentleman

    I will pray for you “God Bless You”

  • Melinda & Keith Rogers

    Very sorry to hear this news, Miles. Please know we are thinking of you. Matter of fact, we were just talking about you a couple of weeks ago and wondering where you were and what you were up to. Now we’re thinking a dose of Abaco sunshine, cold Kaliks and hot conch fritters might be good medicine to expedite your recovery – along with getting you back in the water and SCUBA diving again. We follow you on FB & Twitter – and would appreciate the same. Would like to direct message…

  • Anon

    Just found this link through NBC news. My heart goes out to you. I had a sibling who had a leg amputated and he lived a full life with an artificial limb until he died years later of another cause – cancer. I wish you all the best with your recovery.

  • Nat Mansour

    Miles you always been my favorite on cnn , I am really upset to hear that you had this ordeal My wishes and prayers with you . If I can be of any help please let me know. Even I live far from you in Toronto Canada . God Bless Nat Mansour

  • John Mone

    Get well soon Miles. I have always enjoyed your work and the energy you bring to the medium. best, john

  • BETH

    Miles! I’m so glad you’re ok and still WITH US! I was shocked when I heard the news.

    I’m so sorry this happened to you but I so love your sense of humour and positive outlook.

    Take care and many, MANY blessings in your recovery!

    BETH from Canada

  • Jill McMahon

    Hi Miles. I really enjoy your science segments on the NewsHour. Glad you survived compartment syndrome.

    I am an AK amp. I lost a leg over 20 years ago when sepsis forced a choice between life and limb.

    My message is that you’ll make it through this. At times, it won’t be easy but I know and you know you can do it. When I was at Michigan, there was a geology tech who was an arm amp, a paleooceanographer who was an arm amp, and an engineering prof who was an arm amp, too. Pretty weird statistically, but all good examples of amps just doing their work.

    You’ll be learning a lot from arm amps in the next few months, but if I can be of any assistance about dealing with amputation long-term, please ask away.

    Keep that chin up. -Jill Mc.

  • Kyle

    Good luck, Mr. O’Brien. You are one of the best reporters I’ve seen.

  • AC

    Many prayers, no doubt, are with you; mine included. Just days into this new path, and you’re already an inspiration to many.

  • Adrienne

    What an inspiration you are!!! I have been mourning the loss of a job that I loved and dreams never fulfilled….. This pales in comparison!!! God Bless You!! I am in awe of your resolve and courage!!!

  • Bill Tucker

    What a horrific scenario written about with humor and grace. I have no doubt you will endure and triumph. Thoughts and prayers of a very large community of your friends and colleagues are with you.

  • frida

    Thinking of you, Miles. What an incredible, awful turn of events. I wish you a smooth recovery and strength of spirit. Judging by your words, you’re finding it. All the best, Frida

  • KP Perkins

    I’ve never met you, but I’ve appreciated your work on PBS for years. I know it wasn’t easy, but I’d like to thank you for sharing this painful episode of your journey.

    I will be praying for you to have a very positive outcome, to the challenges ahead. You’ve got a good attitude and a lot of courage and support. All the best to you.

  • Alex Sferra

    As a great admirer of your work especially exposing the not so glamorous life of regional airline pilots I pass along to you my sincerest get well wishes!!

    Alex Sferra, ATP

  • Connie Crowther

    When you’re feeling better, come diving with Diveheart. We work with people of all levels of ability to enjoy scuba diving experiences. Great for rehab, both physical and mental. Check out the work we do at We have truly changed a lot of people’s lives. Would love to take you diving in the Florida Keys or Cozumel — or anywhere else convenient to you — when you feel like it!

  • Nadya Lev

    Hey Miles, even though we only met once at Ardent West when you did the 3D printing documentary, you made a really strong impression and I just want you to know that you’re in my thoughts. I am sending you and Xeni all the love in the world.

  • Win Robinson

    Miles, I am really sorry to hear this news. Coming off of a three month treatment cycle for Multiple Myeloma, I can certainly relate to things not going the way you had planned. Anyway, how about a week of diving at Small Hope Bay with Murrah and Helen? We can both work on ways to adapt to a new reality.
    Win Robinson

  • Ken bridgeman

    In a recent interview on 60 Minutes, Liam Neeson openly and candidly talked for the first time about the freak death in a skiing accident of his wife, Natashia Richardson. Again, it was perceived as “just a bump on the head”; nothing serious. Thanks for sharing your story and your courage in the face such adversity.

  • Nancy Ferguson

    I considered you a respected friend during your years as a morning CNN anchor. I am so sorry to hear that you have experienced this ordeal and will be adjusting to some new challenges in life. Wishing you many joys, and glad to read Doug’s comment above. Prayers for you and good wishes always.

  • Joe Martz

    Oh Miles! Your friends in New Mexico heard about this yesterday. It comes as quite a shock to all of us. If there’s anything we can do to help, just let us know. A close friend here lost his leg in a motorcycle mishap. He’s also a pilot. He requalified, and continues to fly to this day. Here’s our prayers that you’ll also continue flying.

  • Aaron Washington

    Miles, you are like a family member having been in our home for years on CNN. Very sadden about your ordeal. Don’t give up the fight. We will all pray for your speedy recovery. Take care.

  • Shanoe

    Dear Miles, I am saddened reading this story as I can’t help but put myself in your shoes. You are handling this better than I ever could. By the way, I lean pretty far right [politically and some would say not your natural audience but I always found your work balanced. You are a good reporter and have many more solid years ahead of you. My best wishes for a full recovery.

  • Carole Holmes

    Miles, you are so brave and part of your courage is your great wit- you are an inspiration to us all and not just those who know and love you from Georgetown days- you are in my prayers- one day at a time.

  • Ines Santini

    Mr. O’Brien:
    I was so sad to hear about your accident. All the way from Panama we send our best wishes for a soon recovery. God is merciful and he will give you all the strenght you need. Best regards.

  • Jim Hausch

    A follow up to Doug’s comment….

    If you still have your Cirrus, time to start getting used to the other seat. Between the more than capable AP and the fact that it is single power lever control (right, I think?) I hope this doesn’t “clip your wings” in the slightest..

    PS – excellent Python reference.

  • Shirlee Cicale

    Miles: Sorry for your misfortune. Have you been right handed so far in your life? That would make the transition easier. You will become adept at Dragon Voice and dozens of other things I can’t think of. Good luck; everyday will bring a new adventure. Part of the good news is that you won’t have to make a major career change.

  • Sarah Peng

    Wish I could be of help. Admire you.

  • John K

    Hi Mr. O’Brien
    I used to watching you on CNN and you were great on air. I am so sorry but take courage and be strong. I understand what you are going through, I almost lost my right foot 15yrs ago and I still feel pain, I hope and pray that the good Lord will see you through. Take care and God bless.

  • GD P

    Sorry for the poor luck, and hope your adjustment period is smooth. I really admire your attitude and independence. Those qualities are sorely missing in our society.

  • Dana Galullo Sanderson

    I am so sorry to hear of your accident. I work in a medical practice in Silicon Valley now & am familiar with compartment syndrome.
    I know you’ll adapt and inspire us all.

  • Trish Repetski

    Miles You have such a great attitude and outlook not to mention your sense of humor. You look great even though this just happened to you recently. Continue to do your work with the love and dedication you have shown in your career.

  • Mary

    Miles, I’m so sorry to hear about your horrible ordeal.

    I really enjoy your work.

    Best wishes on your recovery.

  • Eleanor Bishop

    Miles: Sorry to hear about what happened to you, the same thing happened to my son only to his leg, a horse fell on him, but we got him to the doctor in time and they saved his leg. They opened the leg up for a release of pressure for 7 days then did skin grafte to close it. I think by you publicly sharing this you could possibly save someone. Hope you are on the mend soon! My thoughts are with you.

  • Julieta Gonzalez

    I am very sorry to hear about your injury. I had the pleasure of meeting you many years ago when you were the CNN science reporter and you covered the University of Arizona lunar and planetary stories–I was the national news coordinator who sent you news releases then squired you around the campus. I pray your recovery and rehabilitation is smooth. If you want to return for a healthy dose of sunshine, come stay a while in Tucson-while everyone else is freezing and shoveling snow. Ignore the politics and enjoy a 73 degree winter’s day. Prayers for you!

  • Alex D’Eath

    I don’t know what happened to my original post but all the guys here at Space City Films are sending as much positive energy you way as possible. We are all glad to know that you made it through this harrowing ordeal. If you find yourself in our area let us know what we can do to help. Good luck on your recovery and make sure to check with your NASA buddies about the latest in robotics.

  • Bobby Russell

    Having gone thru a multi rollover accident and a Divorce in 2013 I can say you are correct. It’s how you handle what cones your way. Stay in the fight…your work is far from done.

  • Logendra Naidoo


    There are lots of possible events where this could have happened to provide frame of reference for your experience, such as, “Thank goodness it had not happened on…” an amazon trip, a trip to Antarctica, a trip to the ISS, or even a trip somewhere between the towns of Green River in the east to Salina in the West of Utah.

    You lost your arm AND you are a science journalist. Time to put the two together and see what happens beyond 127 hours/days/weeks/months (do the math). You have a great life ahead of you and thankfully, you have the presence of mind and the ability to text type with just one hand like I do (I have two), which is so awful my kids tease me relentlessly.

    Please keep us up to date on your progress and as John Glenn said it so eloquently “Godspeed”…

  • Lauren

    Very sorry to hear about you situation. I work for a compounding pharmacy. We made a customized topical cream for a man who lost both legs in an accident. The cream helped with his phantom leg pain. This might be something worth looking into. Best of luck with your recovery.

  • Erin Condit


    So sorry for your loss.

    Now that it has happened, you need to make sure that the muscles corresponding to the left side of your torso and upper left arm do not disintegrate. You also need to reinforce with core strength exercises. When you get through the healing process, you’ll need Pilates and yoga in addition to weights and elliptical training. This you must do.

    If I can help in any way, please contact me. I sent a lengthier email to your gmail address.

    Erin Condit

  • Jerry Coney

    I have never heard of this myself until Dec.26th I had carpel tunnel surgery in both hand and ended up with compartment syndrome and having emergency surgery at Vanderbuilt on New Years Eve. I am still in therapy trying to get use of my fingers and hands and regain feeling in them .I wish you all the best , the most important thing we are alive and when we look around we really see things a little different ! God Bless !!

  • Jean Dunoyer

    Miles, packing cases after a long reporting trip to the Far East is adventuresome enough. Sending good vibes toward your recovery.

  • Alicia Cabrera-Thomas

    My Goodeness ~~ I read this in my morning news via my e-mail & I am just “WOW!~!”

  • Jim Cusick

    Miles: The whole Cusick clan have been fans of yours since the early days of CNN. Please be well and come roaring back. We all think you’re a pro’s pro.

    Jim Cusick, author, :Death of an Anchorman.”

  • Lenna

    Hello Mr. O’Brien, I don’t know you or even of you, but I have just read about you on I admire your courage to write about what happened to you and I wish you all the best for your recovery and hope you will be more than ok after this horrible accident!

    It is very refreshing to read your positive outlook on life and I have just decided that I will try to look on life more positively no matter what happens, because you are right, no matter what happens, we can all be grateful to be alive!

    All the best from Germany!

  • Randall Miller

    So sorry, Miles, our thoughts and prayers for a rapid recovery and readjustment.

  • LK

    After all the hubub dies….send another word, we will be there then, too
    Speedy recovery in more sense than one!

  • Margrette Mondillo

    I was an intern for Miles during his news days in Boston back in 1988. Always a class act as he is now. Miles — good luck on your recovery and keep that awesome attitude! You clearly have it all in perspective and thank God for that.

  • Martha

    Sorry to hear about this. Best wishes.

  • Jamie Pinson

    Hello, I just saw your story on CBS News and just wanted to drop by and give you my support.

    Sorry I don’t really know about you or follow your work but I want to say I’m so sorry about what happened but I’m really glad you’re okay. I think you’re extremely brave and your positive attitude will truly make all the difference in the world.

    There’s a great lesson for all of us to be learned here. I mean I doubt I would have gone to a doctor or the ER either, it’s just a bruise right? Not always and I will strive to learn from your experience.

    Hang in there and don’t ever worry about asking for help. We all need some help at times. Also, stay strong and try to keep positive. Thank goodness the doctor made that call. I’d hate to lose an arm but I’d hate to lose my life even more. Take care and stay strong.

  • Mary Latela

    Miles, I never knew where you went after the CNN morning spot, which is still – it seems – in transition.
    I am happy that you are working in science – that’s my field, too. So sorry about your accident. I imagine you will teach us something about detours in life.
    Mary E. Latela

  • Moe

    Not many people would be handling this in such a level headed manner. Or express any gratitude at all. You did and that’s classy.

    Get well and stay well. And we’ll look forward to your next appearance on PBS, as always.

  • Diana (Dee) Nicholson

    I just got off the phone with your Dad. I had seen the news story on CBC but without your name when I was skimming earlier today. So very sorry to hear about this, but your Dad says that as usual you have an incredibly positive attitude. And I know you will turn it into a marvelous science special. God bless and love to you.

  • Dolores Jones

    I don’t know you but I’m praying that God will see you thru this. He said that He will fight our battles, and though you seemed to have taken the high road when you must know that part of you is gone, but your humor seems to be in tact about your situation. Yet when you are all alone and trying to be able to cope, just remember, weeping may come in the night but joy comes in the morning. Be blessed!

  • Sarah Maria

    Miles- I am so sorry to hear about your accident. It seems inconsequential that we haven’t had the chance to meet- my family and I send all our wishes for your healing and an easy-as-possible transition back to a new normalcy.

    Best, Sarah

  • Jenny

    We are all to familiar with Compartment Syndrome at our house. Our 16 year old developed it without trauma. It was finally diagnosed when he kept falling flat on his face during high school soccer practice from a foot drop. Luckily we caught it quick and he had a scheduled fasciotomy. Now, the same thing is happening in his other leg and he will have to have more surgery and give up playing his favorite sports as they require sustained running. I showed him your blog and you inspired him to embrace other things he can do. Science is certainly one of them. Thank you! We both wish you an easy recovery and an abundance of happiness.

  • Paula Kiger

    Sending much support from a viewer / fan.

  • Chris Celada

    Hey Miles! it was not so long ago since i saw you! im so happy you made it! Take care of yourself! Hope you keep your spirit up! we all care about you!

  • Byron Barnett

    I am so sorry to hear this. I am saying a prayer asking that you will find the strength to make the best of what life has just thrown at you.

  • Michael Rasmussen (@MichaelRpdx)

    How can you write such a wonderful piece so close to the event? I just keep picking my jaw up and thinking:

    What a pro.

    Your strength of character shows you do great long term. May the pains be minimal and the adjustment swift.

  • WhiteCoat

    I am glad that you came through the surgery and wish you only the best in your recovery.

    I hope this setback doesn’t impact the wonderful work that you do.

  • Josh Chamot

    Miles — you have been a champion for science for years, and I followed your work closely during my decade in media at NSF. I’m so sorry to hear that this has happened — know that your fans actually do give a damn, and that we offer whatever support we can. Even though you don’t know us, we know you, and admire you, and wish you the best as you navigate this. Of course, we also know some folks doing some cool stuff with artificial limb technology, including those with sensation, so reach out when you’re ready.

    • Maryann

      You are so right Josh that Miles’ fans do know him, admire him, and wish him the best. He is a Champion. Thanks for saying what many think!

  • sandy

    miles, i became an amputee following a croc attack, so i have an “interesting” story compared to you “prosaic” one, but it doesn’t change the fact that i feel deep sympathy for your loss.
    i have always admired your reporting. you were low key and you saw through the events taking place to the story that had to be told. your ability to see a bigger picture and to adjust to different situations quickly will help you now.
    i’m so sorry you have to go through this. be prepared for phantom pain. as an amputee it might be a painful subject for you, but as science reporter it will be a fascinating subject for you.
    my thoughts are with you in these early days as you learn to adjust. Like me you had a choice between your arm and your life. life was chosen, and life was worth choosing, life should be lived. there will be few things that you cannot do if you set your mind to it. best of luck.

  • Rick URTEL

    You are one of the smartest guys I follow- wish I knew you personally – keep on rocking and shaking it up with your creativity. The prosthetic industry needs more innovation way beyond current thinking. Get yourself
    a soft tissue hand just like Luke’s as a goal!
    Ever On

  • Lisa Kovanda

    Miles, I’m Brian Thomas, the triple-amputee pilot from Nebraska who was interviewed by CNN today by Thom Patterson’s co-author. Please know you are not alone. Looking forward to hearing about your recovery and return to the cockpit. Would love to see the two of you fly together someday. You need to talk to someone who has been there, done that, Brian is your guy.

  • Chris Daniels

    Dear Miles,

    I am so sorry your injury developed into acute campartment syndrome and that it ended in the amputation of your arm. I suffered ACS in both legs resulting from how I was clamped in place for another surgery. I was ‘lucky’ to get away with a double fasciotomy and foot drop. All my sympathy for you and your loved ones.

  • Marty G.

    Miles, first let me say that I think you are a very lucky person. Your story was forwarded to me by a friend, and I also think you have the right attitude in dealing with you have to go through. Attitude is everything and it is how we accept what we have that can make a huge difference in our lives. A little about me… When I was 45 years old I was stricken with Leukemia. This was almost 24 years ago. I had to get a bone marrow transplant and in order to do so it required total body radiation as well as a lot of chemotherapy,but that wasn’t the worst of it. I had to live in a very small plastic bubble in the hospital for many months. Now almost 24 years later my kidneys have failed and I must be on dialysis until hopefully I can get a kidney transplant. I write this to you because what kept me going is my attitude. This will also keep you going because of what you wrote about. Life is not a bowl of cherries but you take what you have and simply move on with your life. I try to enjoy each and every day of my life. I wish you the best of luck with the rest of your life. Sincerely, Marty G.

  • siamak mombeni

    Mr. O’Brien,

    I wish you speedy recovery from the surgery and look forward to more of your excellent reporting. I am sorry for this unfortunate accident. Your courage is inspiring.

  • Marion

    Now THAT is a story, dude. Thank goodness you’re alive and you can tell the tale! All good thoughts go to you to help you through the transition to “one-armed” bandit : )

  • Linda HK

    Strangers all over America will be keeping you in our thoughts tonight. You are an amazing journalist. Thank you for that, and for sharing your story.

  • Deborah

    It’s a good sign that you’re already typing copy, even with only one hand.

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson

    That was an easy choice: “Your arm or your life.” You can count me among your lifelong fans. Not only of what you do but of who you are. Which empowers me to promise — figuratively and literally — to lend a helping hand, wherever and whenever you need it. -NDTyson

  • Cynthia Blakeley

    Miles, This is Hannah Rose’s mom (from Paideia). I am sorry for all you’ve gone through the past few weeks, and I hope your healing proceeds quickly. As for the phantom pain, have you heard of the neurologist V.S. Ramachandran’s groundbreaking work on phantom pain? He and his colleagues have devised a way of using mirrors to trick the brain into thinking the limb is still there and intact, allowing the phantom limb to move, unclench, or do whatever counteracts the pain. He has met with a relatively high rate of success with this treatment. There was a long write-up of his experiments in the New Yorker several years ago, and he has continued his research into phantom pain (he happens to be mentioned in a book I’m editing, which has reminded me of his work). I would imagine you’d be able to find a neurologist familiar with this nonpharmaceutical, low-tech, intriguing treatment. Good luck, and we are all cheering you on.

  • barbara burg

    Reporting your ‘prosaic’ accident and then it’s consequences might just be what someone else needs to know/remember when he receives a rather ho-hum injury….and doesn’t realize the significance of the swelling . Not only have YOU been heroic in dealing with all of this and the ramifications, but you have provided a very helpful news report. Just can’t stop reporting, hey?
    the very best to you. you will have material galore related to all the developments going on with prosthetics. One day at a time.

  • Cathy Carey

    Wow Miles! Good luck with your recovery and cudos for your very positive attitude.

  • russ swider

    i always perk up my ears when you are part of the news team. now that i know you grew up around motown, and reading your tearless account, i know you are a survivor. no doubt you are already thinking about what pelican cases for your gear will fit your new situation. we all are looking forward to your next science report. take it from a guy who knows, this CAN make you stronger and better. it is up to you.

  • Gilbert Manda

    Sorry Miles, I wish you an expeditious recovery.

  • Helene Hilger

    Even without making stuff up, this is quite a story. Get home safe. We look forward to your straightforward recovery and new reports. We can’t afford to have any less science in the news!

  • nils haaland

    Hi Miles, when my wife and I heard the news tonight we both had tears in our eyes. We always enjoy your segments and wish you only the best. Thank you for all of you hard work and keeping us up on the developments in the world of science. We are simply viewers but you must know your work does effect us.

    You are in our thoughts,

    Nils and Sherri

  • Patricia Thomas

    Being a parent of a triple amputee, it is OK do to the (1) Why did this have to happen to me, (2) Life sucks and this is not fair, and (3) go through all the emotions of the grief process. Yes, you lost a part of yourself that you have relied upon to make a good living and enjoy things that this life can offer.

    As you adjust to your new normal, you will have successes and struggles. Like with Brian Thomas, encouragement is out there. It will require hard work and determination. you are a successful person and this is only a bump in your road of life. Make sure to celebrate your successes. Every struggle will make you a better person in the long run.

    Attitude makes living and adjusting easier. Being alive is an opportunity to succeed. You will find a new of doing things that you have done in the past.

    I will keep you in my thoughts.

    Patricia Thomas

  • Adrian

    Miles i just heard the news! I am so sorry. I am such a fan of you and you’re segments. You always put a smile on my face with the enthusiasm you bring in you’re reporting. I am typing this message with sadness in my heart but I am glad you’re among the living.

  • Pietro Bonacossa

    Miles, you probably don’t remember me but we met almost 15 years ago in Atlanta during my stint at CNN. I admire your strength, courage and positive outlook. You are a champion and an inspiration.

  • david grady

    Miles – best wishes for comfort and peace ASAP after this awful news – you did me a HUGE favor in Boston c. 1989 when you worked at Ch. 7 and I was a (stanger to you) 20 year old newspaper reporter (you “lent” me a screenshot when I missed the big photo due to my poor photograophy skills!) – I’ve been a fan since; your science reporting has been inspirational and you will rise above this. All the best.

  • Kathleen Zaffina

    Dear Miles,
    I’m from A2, and we’re tough and we love snow. My 88 year old Grand Aunt Katty broke her arm in the Atlanta airport while coming to visit me in DC years ago. I went to Dale Music Center in Silver Spring and bought her a book of Left-handed piano pieces. She recovered, and we know Leon Fleisher did too. The question is: will you be able to play the piano again? And the question back is: could you play B4? Your many fans are root-toot-tooting 4U. You remind us of knowledge we once had and how to get back to it and learn more.
    Best wishes,
    Kathleen Zaffina
    Takoma Park, MD

  • Liz Pierce

    Hi Miles, I am thinking of you and sending you good healing vibes. I always enjoy and learn from your stories. I hope you will continue to do science and health stories.

  • Sue Jacobseb

    Was so shocked to hear of your injury on tonight’s PBS News. Love your reporting. Your strength, determination and bravery are amazing. Keep it up and hope to see you back soon. Prayers and good wishes.

  • Bruce Fine

    Your story shows us just how fragile life really is.
    As a friend, I’m very sorry for what happened. As a colleague, I know you will be able to rebound from this setback and bring us even more incredible work.

    When we worked together, I was a CNN Cameraman out of the Chicago bureau who joined you at Cape Cod for a story on the 102nd National Guard Fighter Wing.

    They say that unexpected life events tend to shape our lives. I truly believe that you’re going to bring us stories about technological advances in prosthetics that we never imagined……. And I know, you will be our model.

    Good luck to you my friend, and continue the good work that you always do.

  • John Bass

    That’s terrible,Miles. I’m sure you’ll bounce back, but man, hang in there!

  • Susan Brown

    Hi Miles, You don’t know me nor I you only I know your going to be ok. Just wanted to tell you that. Sincerely, Susan Lynch Brown

  • Chuck Warnock

    I enjoy your work. My thoughts are with you as you continue to recover.

  • Cynthia Jordan

    I am just a common citizen who has always admired your work and this is just a horrible thing to have happen. But I was so glad to see you in true Irish “dark humor” ask for a hand. Being Irish descent myself I use it often in serious situations and most people do not understand.
    Hang tough young man….you will be fine.

  • dick marin

    Miles pls take care and stay strong. Like the doc. said “an arm or your life”, the right choice was made. Looking forward to many more wonderful programs from you!

  • Mark Bradshaw

    So sorry to read about what happened to you Miles. I wish you the best. We met a few years back in Tulsa at the Aviator Ball. Glen M. is a mutual friend. Take care!

  • Priyanka Rao

    Mr. Brian

    Am very sorry to hear this. Prayers from India. Wishing you and your family well during this challenging time.


  • Bas Nap

    Hi Miles,

    Just reading CNN, it hit me hard. I am happy you are doing ok though and taking it in your stride. I grew up seeing you do the NASA pieces on CNN and hope to see you again on TV.

    Wishing you well, you have so many more Miles in you!


  • NewsHour Devotee

    Stunned and sorry to hear this development. Please know my family and I are rooting for you, along with millions of others.

  • Laurian

    Truly shocking that something like that can suddenly happen. Hope you recover soon and continue with your excellent reporting!

  • Kelly Gillespie

    I am so very sorry to hear the news report tonight about your recent accident and surgery. I’ve admired your work and wit and now respect your courage.
    Please know I’m sending good wishes during this challenging time.
    All the best,
    Kelly Gillespie

  • http://milesobrien KAREN

    So sorry to hear. stay strong and i will be praying for you. :-)

  • Alan Vorchheimer

    Mr O’Brien…I was so moved by the way you described this horrific event. I have heard it is said G-d only gives us what we can handle and clearly you are a man with many gifts to get through this. Very best wishes to you and I look forward to seeing your TV appearances in the months ahead.

  • Randy Lycans

    Miles, I am so sorry to hear this! Praying for a quick recovery, we need you back in the space biz!


  • Barbara Koch

    As an avid lover of science related news stories and being a long time canadian viewer of the PBS Newshour, I wanted to share how much I have enjoyed your contributions over the years. I like everyone else am very saddened by what happened to you and hope that your determination to continue will not wane. I’m sure there is another exemplary story of science & tech reporting yet to come when you’re fitted with a state-of-the-art prosthesis. All the best to you.

  • Steve

    Keep on truckin’, Miles! My wife and I have always enjoyed your space journalism. You are a true believer. We will be there for you.

  • Dusty Sturgeon

    I read an article about you today and thought I’d share my story. On July 12,2013, I took a hard fall after missing a step when leaving the grocery store. I had instant swelling and my family feared I had broke my leg. I was rushed to the ER and was told nothing was broken. As the days went on, I continued to have extreme swelling and bruising. I called my doctors office several times and was told by the nurse to keep my leg elevated and given more pain medicine. By July 22nd the swelling had worsened and numbness had begun. I called my doctors office and was told my doctor was not in and was given an appointment with a doctor in Internal Medicine. To this day I’ve never been so thankful to have meet this doctor. He took one look at my leg and said I had compartment syndrome and needed surgery immediately. I was told prior to surgery that amputation was a possibilite but thankfully I was able to keep my leg. Following surgery I developed MRSA and was put back in the hospital for another week. I then required in home nursing to assit with wound care and iv medications. I endured months of therapy due to my entire wound opening up from the infection and was finally required to wear a wound vac. My surgery was seven months ago and my incision finally closed just last month. I will forever be required to wear compression stocking due to the muscle damage, but that is a fair trade for being able to keep my leg. Thank you for sharing your story. I had never heard of compartment syndrome until it happened to me. I wish you all the very best in your recovery.

  • banafsheh ehtemam

    Miles ,thanks for sharing from another fellow photographer. The things we endure simply to take a shot. James Nachtway was in the leg recently in Thai. I dont know what to say about such a freak accident, except thanks again for sharing and keep up the good work . I hope you heal , emotionally and physically

  • Kris Baker

    Miles, you’re going to keep making a difference in this world.

    –Cheering you on!

  • Lloyd

    I was sorry to hear about your accident on the PBS Newshour. I love your down to earth science reporting and your willingness to sometimes get down and dirty in your story by participating in the technology that you report on. You’re the best; always fun and informative. I wish you a speedy recovery and continued good spirits. Maybe we’ll be watching you mind control an artificial arm soon. All your other fans and I wish you a speedy, complete (as possible) recovery.

  • Tom Kloc

    “Life is all about playing the hand that is dealt you.” The line that followed made me laugh out loud, which is celebration of the man who wrote it and the perspective I hope I hold in whatever I come to face in life. Cheers to you for continuing the adventure of life Miles!

  • Andy Field. ABC News

    Miles. I’ve admired your work for years. I’m certain your inconvient setback won’t impede your sharp writing and reporting. I’ve spent years working with the AAPD. Disabilities association and would be glad to connect you with folks who have survived and thrived with similar disabilities. Wish you well with your recovery and rehabilitation. Best. Andy Field

  • Lynne Monds

    I entirely expect you to be back in your “science teacher” mode very soon, Miles. I have followed your work for many years with CNN and PBS, and agree with many that you are an invaluable asset to the cause of bringing science to ordinary people.

    I look forward to your return.

  • JC Harris

    I just wanted to wish you the best.

    8 years ago I fell off my bike and thought I had just ‘sprained’ by hand. Well, I didn’t lose my hand, but I did damage it enough to end my career as a musician. Like yourself, at the time I had no idea it was ‘bad’ and I wasn’t going to make a ‘big deal’ about it so I just kept going…until the next day when I started realising that this might be a fork in the road.

    Anyhoo…I have thoroughly enjoyed your work on PBS over the years and I very much look forward to seeing you back on the air asap.

  • Sanjay

    I am a 47 year old Keith Moon wannabe drummer. I gave up trying to emulate my favorite drummer from Def Leppard, Rick Allen. He lost his hand in a car accident and added some extra pedals to make up for his lost hand. I have both hands and cant come close to emulating him. My point is-we admire your mind & spirit & reporting. Losing a hand is tuff but Rick Allen plays drums w/o one. So hang in there and keep on doing your reporting stuff. Cheers mate

  • Maureen

    How awful and I am so sorry for you. You are an inspiration and bring attention to so many corners of the world touched by science. I can only imagine you will shine a light on this space and advance the connectedness of all the disciplines that will work to transform the lives of so many facing similar challenges. Your work on tinnitus is a great example of how your personal story works so well to bring it all together. Take care out there.

  • Laurel Delaney

    Dear Miles,

    I hope you find positive meaning and purpose out of this awful event.

    Keep moving forward. It will be a roller coaster ride but God obviously has more work for you to do.

  • George Fettes

    Miles – sorry to hear about your terrible accident. Chin up, you’ll do fine! Due to a poor use of forceps when I was born, I’ve lived life with what to the untrained eye seems like a stroke. My right limbs are essentially just crutches for my left limbs. BUT, at 68, I’ve had a successful career in the IT industry and otherwise a great life. My one frustration is that it’s a LEFT handed world!!!

  • Victor Flores

    God Bless you Brian. What an inspirational post/blog.. Thanks for all the excellent programs and looking forward to seeing many more. My children and I enjoy your lessons..

  • Victor Flores

    Sorry, Miles O’Brien. God bless..

  • Douglas Yazell

    Saw you most recently in Houston at 100 Year Starship. Hang in there!

  • Jacob Wang

    Miles: I hope you’ll pay attention to the Paralympics coming up from Sochi. Some of those people have lost a limb. But they all have gone on with their lives. Have you also heard of former baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky, who had to retire 25 years ago because of cancer in his shoulder, which cost him his pitching arm. Last I heard, he was living a normal life in Colorado

  • Victoria Pollock

    Miles, I’m so very sorry to read of this. Wishing you the best.

  • Madeline P

    My 14 year old had pain in his leg since August 2013. He played sports and was told it was a pulled muscle, Inflamed muscle, etc. Forward to now, he was diagnosed with exsertional compartment syndrome and had surgery to slit the fascia on the upper and lower muscles a few weeks ago. He is doing great And everything went well. I had no clue it could have been that bad. Prayers for you and your adjustment to the amputation. And also, thanks for sharing your story for us to be aware of how serious this condition could be. I will be sharing your story with others and those in our athletic dept at school so they too can be aware.

  • Esther Marlowe

    Miles, I am sooo sorry. If chicken soup would help, I’d make it for you. I’ll be thinking of you.

  • Mary Sexton

    I am so happy when you share your pieces. Miles,

    You are my favorite, most of all, because of your spirit! And I know your curiosity about the world gives you that love to learn.

    I can empathize (not exactly in the same way) but I do empathize. When you said “Dragon” yeah,I know it well. I will be thinking of you all time – not just when 6pm rolls around. Take care sweet man, Take care.


  • Debby Bright

    How marvelous that you’ve kept your sense of humor! I sincerely hope that the hand you’ve been dealt doesn’t deter you in writing your excellent science stories…

  • lois

    my prayers are with you hope u get better

  • Vincent Vega

    Mikes, Your attitude is inspiring … Thank you for the share

  • Ian Randal Strock

    Horrified to hear this, but I’m pleased to learn you’re still with us.

    Best wishes for your continued, quick recovery.

  • Barb

    You have always been a premiere journalist. I had no idea that you were also a premiere human being. Actually, that’s a lie. I has some idea; it comes across in your reporting.
    Your outlook is healthy, sincerely hoping that you are, too.
    Peace, joy & healing.

  • Joe

    Very, very sorry to read about the loss of your arm.

    If you continue to have problems with phantom pain, you might investigate mirror therapy, developed by V.S. Ramachandran at UC-San Diego and described in this New Yorker article:

  • Connie Mckamy

    Would be very interested in touching base with you. I developed bilat lower extremity compartment syndrome during spine surgery- surgeons missed it. Quite a story

  • Victoria Reiser

    Hi Miles,
    I’m only too glad you’re alive. The way Judy began tonight to tell us about you made me first worry something worse had happened to you. Always seems like the funny nice guys get bumped around more. So although I’m terribly sorry about the horrible experience you’ve just gone through, I’m grateful you’re still on the earth and look forward to your marvelously entertainiment science yet to come.
    Take care and we’re all thinking about you,

  • Louis DelValle

    Please get well, looking forward to your next report expanding our horizons.

  • Sarah

    Keep up the good job!!!

    I had a stroke in 2003. My right of my body is numb-ish. So before, I wrote right dominate hand, now I am a lefty! I’d had typing to train on FrogPad2, but I’d set in stone, 2 handed.

    But, always look on the BRIGHT side of Life!!

  • Hung Lu


    I’m already in tears reading the news about your incident over NewsHour tonight (I watch NewsHour every single night). I’ve always been a fan of yours on your science reporting. You’ve made science so much more interesting and exciting and that’s truly inspirational for me and has brought me hopes and dreams that I will some day be teaching children on science till my last breath.

    I very much appreciate your work and wish you the very best and to your speedy recovery.

    Bravo to your work and lets march on!!


  • William Gerdes

    Miles, just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate the independent work you’ve done these past few years. I also always thought you were a gentleman when you came in to the bike shop I used to work at in Decatur, Georgia. Sounds like your attitude about this is great. Please keep reporting!


  • Kimberly Burtnyk

    Dear Miles. I fondly remember meeting you many many moons ago during an AAS conference in Toronto Canada where I was a student in the astro. dep’t volunteering in the press room. I’ve looked up to you and followed your career since then and am so sorry to hear about your mishap and surgery. That being said, I’m relieved that you are otherwise okay and out of mortal danger. If you ever need an assistant to help type up any of your wonderful pieces, look me up! I’ll be happy to lend a hand! 😉

    All the best in your recovery and rehab.


  • James Little

    What terrible news! Your great attitude about this will put you in very good stead however. I am sure you’ll be piloting again in no time. Um…get well soon(!)
    J. L. – Halifax, N.S. Canada

  • Ursitoare Ploiesti

    First off I want to say great blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind prior
    to writing. I’ve had trouble clearing my
    mind in getting my ideas out. I truly do take pleasure in writing
    but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost simply
    just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips?


  • http://none Dave Alan

    Miles I am so sorry to hear about your terrible accident. I wish you a quick recovery & hope to see you soon on PBS’s “The Newshour” explaining which you do so well about the latest in science & technology. Best wishes, Dave

  • Corbin

    Very upset on hearing your bad news! – sending you all the best for a humor-filled recovery (you get an A+ so far) and adaption to a ‘new normal.’ -A devoted fan.

  • Anna Julia

    Love the title of this post. You seem to have a great humor about this and that will get you through. I’m glad you’re still with us for your family and all but also selfishly because you’ve always been one of my favorite reporters. Our thoughts are definitely with you right now. Also, we need you around to report on that first manned space flight to Mars!

  • Camilla Harrison

    Hi Miles. I don’t know you, but have read your story and wanted to say that what struck me was the really lovely and supportive replies from your friends. You’re a lucky man to have good people in your life, don’t be afraid to ask for whatever you need; it’s clear they’re waiting to give it to you. Good luck with your recovery, I’m sending good vibes over your way. Camilla x

  • Sheldon

    Thank you for your story! I have never heard of you till today when I read your story. Great to see back working. I wish all the best!

  • Maryann

    Miles, you are so missed as an anchor on CNN!! Nobody does science reporting like you. NOBODY! We need to see and hear more of you.

    I guess this is the perfect reason to bring you back to anchoring so you can be safely reporting to us and not traveling all over the place risking your health.

    Even through this devastating accident you are teaching us science. What a valuable gem you are. Can you imagine being on air daily bringing us news about scientific breakthroughs and challenges? Wouldn’t it be great! Instead of jamming the airways with political go-no-where nonsense you could bring us scientific solutions or challenges that get people focused on solving problems and educating us on things we never knew about or took the time to better understand.

    Hopefully when CNN offers you the anchor position you accept knowing that America not only wants you on air, we need you. AND when you do agree to host your own show, please consider shaving the beard…you’re too good looking of a guy to hide that face!

    We’ll be praying for your healing and adjustment…expect great things.

  • Christina Kleweno Anderson

    Hi Miles, I saw the article in the Post this morning and I am sorry to hear about your accident. I lost track of you after we briefly worked together at KQTV in St. Joseph, MO. (good times..not really). I now live in the DC area and would love to get together if you have a moment sometime. Take Care, Christina

  • rayljr

    hello miles,

    i’m sorry this has happened to you, and i hope you recover well.

    i have a request to make of you, even though i strongly suspect the thought has already crossed your mind.

    you have knowledge of and connections in the world of science and technology.
    there are many, and the word many seems small here, people that have lost limbs that do not have the access you have.

    if you could occasionally use this terrible occurrence to be used as a unique opportunity to explore the the technology that is either available or “in the works” to compensate for this kind of loss.
    such reports would give hope to many.

    if this request is out of line, i beg your forgiveness.


  • David Stephenson

    We met briefly on a story during your Boston years. What a terrible situation: we’ll be praying for you. Glad you could turn it into a learning experience for others.

  • Mary Wickens

    Love your reporting, all the best for a speedy recovery and successful prosthetic. You are still one of the sexiest, smartest and most entertaining science reporters ever! Come back to work soon!

  • Jerry

    Mr. O’Brien, So sorry to hear about your traumatic experience. I know it will not affect your quality reporting one bit. Best wishes and positive thoughts! Stay strong.

  • http://N/A Ciro Villa

    Hey Miles, long time follower and admirer of your work. We met at the Cape for STS-129 launch.

    I am really sorry to hear about your story. I am not going to add much to the usual wishes of a prompt recovery.

    I am just going to say that I agree with Ms. Fran Johns; you are a strong man and granted that we would all obviously wished rather you not experienced your partial arm loss in the first place, I am sure recovery story will be amazing and epic. Maybe fitted with a state of the art cyber-prosthetic.

    Technology has advanced so much in that field and although nothing will ever replace your real arm, the latest advanced prosthetic are certainly the best alternatives not even available just 15 years ago.

    All the best to you.

    Ciro Villa

  • Per Willner

    Man! I am really sorry to hear this!

    I really hope that you will not need it, but there is some work done here in Gothenburg Sweden about Treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP)

  • Jeff Orrik

    Miles – Sorry to hear about your ordeal. As Ray suggested above, it does present an opportunity to explore prosthetic technologies. Last week I saw a video about a 16 year old who used a library’s 3D printer to fabricate a prosthetic hand for his friend – – While you probably have access to better prosthetics, it might be fun to experiment with (and report on). With a little ingenuity, you could have a hand for every occasion. Looking forward to seeing you back in action.

    All the best,
    Jeff Orrik

  • Shirley

    No platitudes. Just terribly sorry to learn of your accident and subsequent surgery. Hoping you feel better and stronger with each new day.

  • jane parlato

    Hello Miles,

    My husband and I were shocked upon hearing the news of your accident on PBS News Hour last night.

    We have long admired you and your work and we hope you will not be hindered by this tragedy when covering all the important issues you want to present to us. Our hearts go out to you during your recovery period. Everyone is cheering you on, but it must be quite an ordeal for you and we send our best wishes. You will remain in our thoughts.

    Good luck and we hope to see you soon!

  • Mark Zewalk

    Miles–your skills show through your narrative of the ordeal–you will not only make it but you’ll thrive–miss seeing you at shuttle launches–Mark “Z”–WTVT (ret)

  • Achim

    Dear Miles,

    I’m sure that this accident has a major impact on your life now. Good to see that you try to keep your spirit up and they obviously didn’t amputate your sense of humor.

    Thumb(s) up for you, I always liked your work a lot, man!

    All the best to you and your loved ones.

    Achim D

  • http://none Carol Gronstal

    Your work has made me feel I know you. I was glad when you escaped CNN to the much classier PBS where your talents are better utilized. Holding you in a special place in my heart and hoping for as seamless a transition as possible for you.

  • Dan L.

    Good grief, what shocking news, Miles. As someone who has enjoyed your work for years, I feel as if it had happened to close friend.

    I lost my right hand in an accident, so I know what you are going through. It gets better; becomes something you seldom think about. The phantom pain recedes.

    So sorry this happened. My best wishes for a full recovery, and I’m looking forward to your reports on your bionic arm some day!

  • Ann Fitts

    Miles, I have been a big fan of yours since you and Kyra worked together on CNN. I’m so sorry to hear about this accident. Of course I wish you the best possible. Ann

  • AmpuTeeHee

    Next week will mark 10 years for me. I woke up in an ICU missing a leg, and I was (and still am!) a dance teacher and performer. Be prepared for a wild (but always interesting, often frustrating, and truly fabulous) ride. From another “club member”, you already sound like you’ve got an attitude that will carry you on through. In my opinion, laughter is indeed the best medicine.

    I recently started letting my friends give me silly “how I lost my leg” stories (I was starting to run out) that I can dole out to the complete strangers that ask me what happened to me all. the. friggin’. time. My favorite to date is to get very serious, look down my nose over my reading glasses, and whipser, “Sharknado!”

  • Raymond Ouellette

    I hope your employer has your back financially.All the best Mr.O’Brien. I like your profile very much. Just be opened minded to persuasion as a source for compromise you will undoubtedly have to make in the future. Persuasion provides a means to the end rather than through force. All the best.

  • Kathleen Rogers

    Hand or no hand, you are still the hottest science reporter on TV!

  • Pam McNall

    Miles, my champion, my hero of all things science! It’s Pammy-dog. I think of you all the time, and continue to be close friends with many of mutual connections. We are rooting for you dear Miles. Praying for a speedy recovery, and peace of mind. I know you’ll turn this into some fascinating science project, helping the world know more about prosthesis or pain management or the body-science. I adore you Miles, thank you for your love and support over the years. I would love to support you in any way I can, need a writer/producer?? I’m here for you. And thanks for the endearing Pammy-Dog nickname, it’s still used. I am sorry you have to go through this, use your support team. We are here for you. We love you.

  • eddie

    Iost my leg years ago pal.write me if you’d like any info at all. I do like your grasp on this and your sense of humor…by the way the lost leg has always been the least of my physical, financial,mental or any other problems.

  • Ron George

    Dear Miles,

    I hope you’ll spring back up to spririt and this experience will propel you to new heights. You are still living and that’s what matters most to your followers and most of all, family.

    From a well wisher and long time reader.

  • champagne joy

    I am so truly sorry for your loss and will pray for your recovery to be easy and your adjustment at new life to be painless.Take my sorrow and my hope.

  • kurt sipolski

    sorry, man..

    i lost the use of a leg thru polio and it is rough..but there are so many gadgets that may help…the only good thing that came out of gruesome war injuries..

    but you have a great attitude.

  • ilene

    Your reporting has always meant a great deal to this non-scientist. You explain, illuminate, and open up new worlds. Thankfully you can continue to do so, albeit in a more abbreviated state.
    Your many well-wishers clearly send love and gratitude. We all want to lend support, so please call on us to help in any way we can. Not just words, these, but heartfelt
    best wishes to be of service to one who has already given so much to all of us.

  • Justin Kenney

    Hello Miles, thank you so much for sharing your story and I am so sorry to hear about this. Your courage, strength and humor during this accident are inspiring. Wishing you all the best.

  • jerry

    Miles – much love and hugs from England. You’re amazing and strong person! Thank you for the inspiration and positive forethought. You’re a true “good one”. I often think back on how much you loved International Speak Like a Pirate Day, and smile, but i’ll refrain from making any correlations (wink wink).
    Drop a line the next time you’re in London!
    All the best

  • Denise G.

    Hi Miles, I read about your ordeal in the paper and was so amazed at how quickly that something so innocuous can go south. I am impressed with your willingness to share and if something persists I for one will take notice! Thank you and I wish you the best!

  • Eric

    What an awesome account of a freak accident. I really was not aware of your work before this, although I am a science in media fan, but you have one new admirer.

  • Anna Wong

    Heard your Fukushima report on PBS and recognized your voice right away. Great report! I have never stopped missing you since the morning shows. My heart goes out to you. Your courage inspires us. Stay strong.

  • Alice Chase Robeson

    Dear Mr. Obrien –

    Your reporting has for a long time been very important to me, I have depended in your objectivity and thoroughness. My prayers to you dear fellow!

  • Laurie

    I’m so sorry to hear about this…

    In case it is helpful, here’s a video about mirror therapy (you could probably do it without a neurologist!):

  • Betsy Gannon

    Mr. O’Brien, Very concerned when I heard on PBS Newshour. Why should I be surprised to read your straightforward description of what has happened. Thinking of you and yours indeed.

  • Kathleen Krauss

    Dear Miles, My family has enjoyed your work on PBS for years. I am a regular viewer of Frontline and my family watches the PBS NewsHour every night. We were very sorry to hear of your injury. I’ll say a prayer for your recovery and we look forward to seeing your return to reporting. We wish you all the best. The Krauss Family

  • M.Mohsin

    I just noted the report of the incident. I believe you are a strong man. This amputation of the limb won’t deter you of facing the challenges. I wish and pray for your healthy & professional life.

  • Jane Hanstein Cunniffe

    Dear Miles,

    Great story on tonight’s News Hour.

    I think you are going to move mountains.

  • Chris Throop & Wendi hayes

    News of your accident and amputation struck us both as if it were sad news from a good friend…we watch the Newhour every night and you join us in our home regularly. Your stories are always memorable. We hope your transition to this new reality offers some unexpected positive revelations along with the inevitable challenge. You have many fans out here – we are among them.

  • Arlene R Soban

    Just heard about your accident. Always enjoy your reporting. But as I watched your report on the Japanese meltdown, nothing is stopping you. God Bless.

  • Mordecai

    Eee Gads, first Tinnitus and now this. You thrived with the torturous Tinnitus, so will you thrive with this. We are so adaptable. No matter how depressing it is in the beginning, we have a nearly unending ability to slowly get used to almost anything. And one of those bionic arms shown in video above wouldn’t hurt.

  • Diana Moses

    What a shock. You undertake so much with your reporting, it seems so odd that what sounds like a mundane accident would have such consequences. I wish you all the best with your transition.

  • Brian Kent

    My wife have so often said about your reporting, “I want his job!” Watching your NewsHour piece on the Fukushima I said aloud, “I’m not so sure I still want his job!” Yikes. But I secretly do. But when Judy announced the loss of your arm, you can’t imagine how deeply, emotionally knocked for a loop we both were. Our thoughts are with you. I am awed by your courage and your final sentences on this blog.

  • Algis

    I admired your work for a long time and am really saddened to hear about the accident. Chin up, young man!

  • Doug Forbes


    Wishing you the best in your recovery and all else moving forward. Thanks for the incredible commitment to reporting and keeping us informed on important scientific issues. But, as others have said, do think this lets you off the hook! We’re not done with you yet!

    Peace and love

  • daniel morganstern

    Miles I am a big fan and wish you strength and acceptance in your recovery. I heard about it in the context of your visit to fukashima, clearly you have the courage necessary for this.

  • DelRae Roth

    I am adding my admiration and wishes to you for a good recovery.
    I am a big fan of the newshour and am also in awe of your amazing attitude after this calamity.
    Looking forward to seeing you soon back on the newshour.

  • Rosenna Carpio

    Mr. O’Brien: I just heard what happened to you on PBS this evening. And after reading your blog, I admire your courage and outlook. Keep your positive spirit and God bless!

  • Jennifer Blanchard

    Thank you for writing about your experience. I have had 110 compartment syndrome related surgeries. I lost two muscles in my right leg and was told I would never walk again. I do walk but with the help of my service dog Ike. One of my worst surgeries was when I too dropped a box but on my thigh. I was told it was impossible to get compartment syndrone in my thigh. The drs were wrong as they have been in the past. I have a swelling disorder which leads to compartment syndrome but drs refuse to believe I can get it more than once in the same place. Thank you for talking about this devestating condition. Funny thing is with all my scars from fasviotomy I tell people it was a shark attack:). Hey , if they point out all my scars they deserve it

  • Tal

    Miles, I’m an avid watcher of the PBS Newshour and of your segments in particular. I have come to believe that learning about the world through science helps us understand not only the universe in which we live, but also its creator. Your reporting helped with that understanding, and I am grateful for it. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope that you continue your excellent work.

  • Bill Verhelle


    You are a great journalist, a great reporter and a great scientist. While I am very sorry for your misfortune, this accident will not adversely impact your journalism, writing or research in the slightest. In fact, it could make you even better.

    Your kind, human touch and your broad perspective is a great strength of your work. And these qualities dominate your remarkable Facebook posting regarding this unfortunate accident.

    On behalf of the many, many people that have never personally met you, yet greatly respect your work and character as an outstanding person, we wish you a prompt and full recovery.

    Thank you for your outstanding work.

    Most sincerely,

    – Bill

  • Cecil Fulmer


    Your science lessons alone justify your presence on the PBS NewsHour and other sites. You need not have gone to the trouble of losing an arm to provide another one. I’ll bet, though, you’re going to learn a lot of new science as a result of your very unfortunate accident. You can tell us all about it when you’ve healed and learned to use whatever advanced prosthetic you choose. Until then, we’ll miss your reports and wish you all the best. Make sure the NewsHour keeps us posted on your progress.

    A big fan,


  • Mauricio

    Dear Mr. O’Brien,

    I just heard about your accident and wanted to find a way to let you know you are in my thoughts.

    I’m a fan of all things science and space exploration so, crazy as it may sound, you have been a part of many of my most cherished “human spirit experiences”. Thank you for your work and I look forward to all that’s yet to come.

    With admiration I send you my best wishes.

  • Jenni

    Sorry to hear about your accident Miles. Wishing you all the best.

  • Albert Moore

    Miles: I was so sorry to learn from Judy, tonight on The New Hour, of your accident and the loss of your arm. I am so very sorry that you have had to endure such an ordeal. Your courage and humor are commendable and your spirit of inquiry and adventure shine through even in the darkest hours of challenge. All the best to you and thanks for your wonderful work! A grateful viewer, Albert

  • Crystal

    I’ve enjoyed your reporting and was shocked to hear about your amputation on today’s NewsHour. I just wanted to send you my best wishes and let you know that I’m pulling for you.

  • Sandy Noyes

    Miles, we have been having this one-sided conversation for years. You talk, I listen. I hope it will continue. You are so good at the news and science business. Hurry back. I miss seeing that smiling mug.


  • Richard Mains

    Dear Miles, we haven’t met but I’ve been a fan since your NASA reporting days. I’m so happy that damn case didn’t land on your head because we really need your unhampered, insightful and people-focused science reporting. Best of luck with your recovery.

  • Michael Kuhn

    Thank God you are still with us! You are one of the most intelligent, informative, and truthful reporters on any media. I look forward to future reports about ongoing world events as well as details of your personal journey and renaissance. Keep us posted! God bless!

  • Susan Mapes

    Hi Miles, hope your recovery is continuing at a rapid pace. It is an accomplishment to know you can triumph over these hiccups and curve balls called life. Your keen insight will continue to guide you and reward you. As you can read, many support your efforts and bravery. Take care.

  • Karl


    Just watched your report on Fukushima and was directed here. You are a hero to many including myself. I am deeply saddened to hear about this accident, but encouraged by you like I always am. Be strong.

    Karl Hedberg,
    Hikone, Japan

  • Judith Marinelli Godfrey

    Your explanations of science have been helpful as I write the biography of my father and his key contributions to spectrometry, nuclear medicine, and radiation protection. Get well soon and continue your spectacular work.

  • Lysa Franklin

    Your future as the first cyborg journalist is assured, my friend. <3

  • Kelly bates

    Dear Miles. Wow. I just read your story and the same thing happened to me at work. I was leaving work and fell on my left dominent arm. I had acute compartment syndrome and had emergency surgery and had an ex fix put on my arm. It is a year and a half later and I am still recovering! Thinking of you and your road to health!! Prayers and best wishes to you!

  • Ed (and Helen) Isenberg

    Your courage in the face of such a life-changing event is inspiring, particularly to me. 23 years ago I developed an illness that permanently damaged my cognitive functions and left me in continual disabling pain. It took two years just for me to start the process of living a new life instead of just feeling sorry for myself. You apparently made this decision immediately. This is why I personally feel so in awe of your attitude, but also optimistic for your future happy life.

  • Rose

    Hi, I already left a note on your Facebook page. Best of luck and speedy recovery

  • melody

    You are one of our favorite reporters and have benefitted from your astute observations and choice of topics. We are so sorry to learn of what happened to you and our hearts are with you and we wish you freedom from pain. Your fertile brain and insights haven’t been affected…so we look forward to future stories. Wish you fast healing. We are rooting for you. Thanks for all you do and have done for PBS.

  • Brian Garrett

    I am so sorry to read about your accident. Thank you for sharing your experience about this little known medical issue.

    I wish you a speedy recovery.

  • Meryl

    If mirror therapy doesn’t help for your phantom limb pain, check this out:

    Stay strong!

  • Lorenzo Zelaya

    Miles, it is even more encouraging to read your words and the approach you’ve taken in this situation than anything else. I am not a journalist but I do serve as an editor for a small science and literature magazine that has just started and your work has been a great inspiration for me. In this moments all I can offer are this words, the best of vibes and wishes. It takes courage to face such a life changing event, but know that both your friends and supporters are behind you.

    I lived in Japan many years ago and during times of trials the expression がんばれ!(read ganbare) is used to give support. So, Miles, がんばれ!!

  • Joe Coughlin

    So sorry to hear about your accident. I admire you sooo much! I always watch your segments because I know I’ll learn new things. You are SUCH a trooper!

  • Jim Walsh

    I’m just one of the faceless multitudes who were terribly saddened by your loss when reported on the Newshour. Knitting into it all an Irish sense of both humor and fate is certainly endearing. Just avoid The Drink, bucko.

  • Ken Checicki

    Hi Miles,

    Swedish scientists have just developed a treatment for phantom limb pain that may be of help. Here’s a link:

    Wishing you the best,

    Ken Checicki, Boston

  • Lucy McFadden

    So sorry to hear of your accident.
    Thinking of you.

  • laura

    miles – i hope you’re feeling a little better by now. i’m not sure what city you’re in but there are awesome prosthetic arms and you need to find a great rehab center that specializes working w/ amputees. on the bright side, you now qualify for the next paralympics if you want to compete. the paralyzed veterans assoc is also a great resource for ideas even if you might not be a vet. this change in physical status probably wasn’t in your plans but there is much life ahead of you maybe on a very different path, but it won’t be boring. and you’ll meet a lot of really cool people along the way. if there’s a VA hospital near you, that would be a good place to visit. good luck and i wish you the best with your new lease on life – oh, and now you can get a blue man hang tag for good parking spots from now on – adapted driving equip – sport – any handicapped driving equip for quadraplegics – steering knob like sylvester stallone in some cabbie movie.
    all the best.

  • John Pope

    Miles, Glad you are well my friend. Next time in Texas give me a shout !

  • Dory

    Miles, I have been watching and obsessed with the flight 370 mystery, I was recuperating from surgery when my mind got transfixed with this. I went back to work, still watching every details and await the debris to spit out by our Mother Nature… I was watching Don Lemon today, when I noticed that your left hand was not on the table and researched it right away…
    With Erin Burnett’s interview, my tears rolled down in my cheeks with a heavy heart especially when you said “don’t worry about me” … You are in my thoughts and prayers, although I’m heartbroken, I’m so glad you are here. I’m From the Philippines living here in North California, it hit me hard when I read that everything happened in my country from your unselfish and dedicated service to the people, I know God will always bless you, your plans and your dream to fly again. Hang in there with the pain… Like you said “science and technology is very interesting”, I couldn’t agree enough. Although the aircraft is still missing despite of the modern technology, this science will help you through… Stay strong and you inspired me more. Take care

  • Dory

    Miles, I have been watching and obsessed with the flight 370 mystery, I was recuperating from surgery when my mind got transfixed with this. I went back to work, still watching every details and await the debris to spit out by our Mother Nature… I was watching Don Lemon today, when I noticed that your left hand was not on the table and researched it right away…
    With Erin Burnett’s interview, my tears rolled down in my cheeks with a heavy heart especially when you said “don’t worry about me” … You are in my thoughts and prayers, although I’m heartbroken, I’m so glad you are here. I’m From the Philippines living here in North California, it hit me hard when I read that everything happened in my country from your unselfish and dedicated service to the people, I know God will always bless you, your plans and your dream to fly again. Hang in there with the pain… Like you said “science and technology is very interesting”, I couldn’t agree enough. Although the aircraft is still missing despite of the modern technology, this science will help you through… Stay strong and you inspired me more. Take care – See more at:

  • Janet DeGraw

    Glad to see you are back reporting. Question: Could the fact that the Malaysian flight followed set radar points indicate it was flown by computer and not necessarily by a competent pilot? Wouldn’t the computer program take it on known path?? Maybe?


  • Louise Goyette

    For the past week or so, I have come to depend on you to be the voice of reason in the coverage of the missing Malaysian plane. Your knowledge, calm resolve, and decency as a human being carry the ball for the CNN team. It was only today that I became aware of your recent accident. You have lit another light to illuminate what life is truly supposed to be about – using the best stuff we have inside to make the world a better place to be. I am very grateful to you for that. I was already a fan; I think I am now (at age 70) officially a “Groupie!”

  • Dot

    Dear Myles ~ Have been watching you on CNN, analyzing the disappearance of the Malaysian Flight. I HAD NO IDEA you lost your arm until just a few days ago!! I JUST watched your interview with Erin Burnett – and I have to tell that I KNOW you are a huge inspiration to all those who are going through difficult times! Thank you for sharing your candid thoughts on this unusual accident which cost you so much. I look forward to seeing lots more of your interviews and videos; and will smile and give thanks to God when I hear that you are flying again! I KNOW you will!! I am writing from Central New Brunswick in Canada – and want to tell you – I wish you well – to have had this happen so recently; and for you to be still providing your expertise on the subject of the lost flight — good on you! Best wishes!

  • Kimberley_From_Chicago

    Get well soon! Thanks so much for sharing your story. Thoughts and prayers from Chicago XO.

  • blain

    so sorry to hear that Miles! I was wondering where you for the last little bit. My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are one of my favorite on cnn and that’s why I had to check you out and see what’s up. Take care and glad to see your back behind the desk. Blain

  • Brian Hayes

    Hi Miles. My name is Brian Hayes and I met Cady Coleman the other day when she flew in to the airport where I work on a NASA T-38 in New Iberia Louisiana on 5/7/14. She told me about what happen. Sorry to hear, but I also lost my left arm at the elbow. I lost it when I was just a boy by a lawn mower.Over the years I’ve adapted to everything and there’s really nothing I can’t do. I’m taking a private pilot lessons right now and I’ve operated heavy equipment, I hiked 300 miles of the AT, I can use axes, chainsaws, shovels,hammer nails, fuel airplanes etc.So Cady thought it might be a good idea if I say hello. So if I can be of any help to you, you can email me and I would love to help. I also live most of my life without a prosthetic because the slow me up, but they are very useful in some situations. So feel free to get in touch if you need anything and I send my faith. Brian Hayes

  • John

    Sorry to hear about this. Your interest in science though and your positive attitude I think makes you a perfect candidate to get involved with artifical arms research. Brain control of grip and arms etc might enable typing again. Voice control over time can lead to sore throats.

  • Wayne Evans


    I saw this in the paper and just could not believe such an accident could happen. I felt devastated for you but was very encouraged by your attitude and outlook. Our prayers are with you.

  • Nicola Cunningham

    My daughter got diagnosed with delayed compartment syndrome Dec 2015 (age 16)after a routine gymnastics spin, where she felt something pop and a small lump appeared. It wasn’t until 2 days later that she felt severe pain, bruising appeared and she said her arm felt tight. An xray showed no break and she was sent away with the advice that she pulled a muscle!
    Long story cut short, it was 6 weeks until they diagnosed compartment syndrome but didn’t think it was necessary to carry out a fasciotomy as she could be prone to infection once opened and the damage was already irreversible.
    Between Jan-May she banged her arm every month at school and needed a fasciotomy every month with skin grafts taken from the thigh.
    July 2016 she developed Volkmann Ischemic Contracture as a result of Compartment Syndrome where the wrist dropped and was touching her inner arm.
    Sept 2016 (aged 17) she had the dead muscle removed and the wrist straightened. She had been in plaster from Sept-February and is now in splint.
    She has very limited movement and her hand doesn’t function very much at all, leaving her with a physical disability.
    I admire your resilience and determination to keep on going and to ride a bike! It inspires me and I hope my daughter can overcome obstacles like you are proving. She is a warrior and wants to be a Nurse but has been told she won’t meet the criteria as she won’t have the strength to do CPR, 2 handed tasks eg measuring medicines, bandaging, lifting and handling.
    It’s all up in the air but she has come this far on her journey, I know she will continue to amaze everyone.
    Please follow her story at