PBS special on Fukushima starts tonight with rare look inside plant — Correspondent loses arm after filming in Japan — “Amputated after an apparently minor injury” (VIDEO)

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 11:31 am ET
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PBS NewsHour, Feb. 27, 2014: Three years after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien returned to Japan for an update on clean-up efforts and the continuing impact of the radioactive spill. Friday, February 28: Inside Fukushima: Covered head to toe in protective gear and wearing a respiration mask, Miles O’Brien offers NewsHour viewers a rare look inside one of the most dangerous places on earth [...]

Media Bistro, Feb. 28, 2014: The first of Miles O’Brien‘s reports from Japan airs tonight on “PBS NewsHour.” O’Brien, the program’s science correspondent, was packing up from the reporting trip on Feb. 12 when one of the equipment cases fell on his left arm. A seemingly innocuous accident resulted two days later in the amputation of his arm, above the elbow.

Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2014: His left arm was amputated after an apparently minor injury quickly worsened — TV journalist Miles O’Brien thought it was no big deal when a heavy crate full of camera gear fell on his left arm nearly two weeks ago. His arm hurt, for sure, but O’Brien decided to shrug it off and continue a reporting trip in Japan and the Philippines [...] “PBS NewsHour” spokeswoman Anne Bell said O’Brien had been reporting for the program on the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster and the typhoon in the Philippines. [...] O’Brien is moderating a panel discussion on climate change Thursday [...]

Nuclear Energy Institute, Feb. 27, 2014: One reporter we follow very closely is PBS science reporter Miles O’Brien. He’s reported a number of stories on the nuclear industry [...] As my colleague John Keeley noted in 2011, “O’Brien is a solid journo with a reputation for resisting the melodramatic and sensational in favor of substantive and balanced pieces.” Needless to say we were shocked and concerned when O’Brien reported on his own website that a freak accident had resulted in doctors having to amputate his left forearm just above the elbow. [...]

Miles O’Brien, Feb. 25, 2014: 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. [...] The doctor [...] was clear that the problem was progressing rapidly and there was a clear and present threat to my limb. [...]  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. [...]

Watch PBS’s Judy Woodruff comment hereOur best wishes to Mr. O’Brien

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 11:31 am ET
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