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PBS’ Miles O’Brien Opens Up About Losing Arm, Trying to Stay Positive

PBS correspondent Miles O’Brien recently lost his left arm on assignment in the Philippines, and he opened up about his injury and amputation on his former network CNN Wednesday night, telling Erin Burnett he’s been fighting to stay positive and stay out of a “very dark place.”

He explained, “The only way people would recognize it is I talk with my hands and I’ve lost half my vocabulary here.” O’Brien assured he’s “getting great care” and just wants to get back to doing what he loves.

Burnett was stunned at how “normal” and “gracious” O’Brien came across, asking him how he’s able to stay positive after this horrible thing. O’Brien said he tries to acknowledge it as another life challenge and not get bogged down by it, telling Burnett he draws inspiration from people with afflictions who are far worse off than him but making every effort to live their lives like normal.

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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