That's right, we said MINOR injury. Meaning, it wasn't serious.
Not at first, anyway, but the accident happened while Mike O'Brien was on assignment in Asia — and now he's said earlier this month, he had to get his arm amputated just above the elbow.
Apparently after the injury he was diagnosed with "acute compartment syndrome", which blocks blood flow in an enclosed space in the body… and he was given the decision between 'a life and a limb.'
So he had it properly removed!
The incredible thing is that Miles has continued working for the network despite the surgery.
Now, we bet you're all wondering what the minor injury was, right? Well, it happened when he was securing equipment cases on a cart after a report in Japan and the Philippines.
One of the cases simply fell onto his left arm, and it didn't even hurt enough for him to get it checked right away.
As he said:
"It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it."
It was the next day that his giant, swollen arm told him to get his ass to the hospital!
"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. 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."
We love that he has a sense of humor about it, and honestly, we're just glad he's alive!
What an awful luck of the draw, but he's making the most of it!
[Image via AP Images.]
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