|Ben Carson MD, in the 1980s|
I first heard of Dr. Ben Carson, the pediatric neurologist at Johns-Hopkins in Baltimore, quite a few years ago, in the 1980s. A mother whose child had repeated grand mal seizures which could not be controlled by a variety of anticonvulsants took her child to him in a padded red Radio Flyer wagon. She had read about an old neurosurgical technique in which half of the child's brain could be removed, leaving a half that would no longer continue to seize. It sounded radical and aggressive, but she knew that her child continuing to have uncontrolled grand mal seizures, she would eventually die. Dr. Ben Carson revitalized and redefined the hemispherectomy, in which about half the brain is removed or disabled. The child survived and functions far better than was ever anticipated. The child was left with a light hemiplegia, but without continuing seizures.
Despite a difficult childhood, Dr. Carson went on to be a brave physician who has always done a lot of surgeries and provided a lot of care where he waived his fees. He has always been "one of the good guys".
This is Dr. Carson's website, and tells of his humble beginnings, his life in Detroit, and his mother who was married at 13, and who was divorced when he was 8.
Yesterday, Dr. Carson spoke at the National Prayer breakfast before President Obama.
I have always believed Dr. Ben Carson Sr. to be a courageous Christian man. This speech is one of the most courageous speeches before a President whose ideas he opposes. Please pray for this fine man, who probably should have been our president, whether black, white, green, gray or polka dotted.
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