Exclusive: Miles O'Brien speaks for first time since accident

7:17 PM, Feb 27, 2014   |    comments
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Journalist Miles O'Brien

(WXIA) -- Former CNN morning anchor Miles O'Brien spoke exclusively with 11Alive's Washington sister station WUSA on Thursday, just days after he revealed that he had lost his left arm due to an accident earlier this month.

Surgeons amputated his left arm above the elbow after an accident left him with a condition called acute compartment syndrome.

O'Brien says that after some camera equipment fell on his left arm earlier this month, his arm was sore and swollen. Days later, the arm was numb and discolored.

He went to the hospital where doctors diagnosed him with the condition, which is one where there is so much pressure on the muscles that blood flow is cut off. The condition necessitates emergency surgery to save the victim's life.

The only thing doctors could do for O'Brien was to remove the arm.

Thursday, O'Brien was moderating a panel discussion on climate change at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington and was in good spirits.

He says he's already looking forward to what technology may be able to do help.

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