By Moses Kamuiru.
It came as a surprise to many that a Man who had spent all his life in medicine sought the Republican nomination to run for president. Here is what you need to know about this man Dr. Ben Carson.
The 63-year-old Ben Carson grew up in Detroit and was raised by a single mother. Dr. Carson went through a life-changing incident when he was 14. The young Carson got angry when his friend changed the radio station, and he tried to stab the other boy. The knife blade hit the friend’s belt buckle instead, and Young Ben prayed to God to help him control his temper. Carson eventually won a scholarship to Yale University, where he met his wife, Candy, and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. The couple is blessed with three sons.
The most celebrated Neurosurgeon
Dr. Carson is an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon. At the age of 33, he became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. In 1987, Carson directed a 22-member team that, for the first time, successfully separated twins conjoined at the head. Carson is also known for his expertise in controlling brain seizures. He retired from his operational duties in 2013.
Gifted Hands the Movie
Carson’s life was featured in a 2009 TV movie starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story was nominated for four Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award for Gooding’s performance.
Recipient of Medal of Freedom
George W. Bush in 2008 honored Carson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor. At the White House ceremony, Bush said the medal praised Carson’s “skills as a surgeon, high moral standards, and dedication to helping others.”
In 2002, the doctor became a patient when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Carson found out he had cancer while he was performing surgery. “I just put it out of my mind and finished the operation,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America. Carson is now cancer-free.
Ben Carson is a Seventh – day Adventist and frequently speaks about his faith. In 2013, he was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast and garnered headlines for criticizing President Obama as the president sat just a few feet away.
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