Those Gifted Hands: The Inspirational Story of Dr. Benjamin Carson

Dr. Benjamin Carson has been Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland since 1984. His rise from poverty and low self esteem to one of the world’s most renowned neurosurgeons is well documented in his books, films, and in YouTube videos.

Dr. Ben Carson

We lived in the metro D.C. area in 1987 when Dr. Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins.

In 1988, Dr. Carson spoke to students at a university, where my wife worked, about that experience with the conjoined Binder twins. Afterwards, he stayed around to meet each student and faculty member who was invited to the presentation. What she remarked about him, in addition to his commanding, calm presence, were his hands. There was something extraordinary about them.

A few years later when our young son had a book report due, we all read Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence. In that book, Dr. Carson shared how his transformation from poverty started with his mother who instilled in her two sons the love for books. Each week she made them read two books and write a book report even though she couldn’t read what they’d written because of her limited education. It wasn’t long before Ben went from being the worst student in his class to the best. And the rest is history.

Currently, in addition to working with children, Dr. Carson helps patients who suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN). One of our family friends suffered from TN for years and had several surgeries prior to meeting Dr. Carson. A few years ago, Dr. Carson operated on him and he has since been free from those painful attacks. Before that surgery, Dr. Carson asked to say a prayer with him and his wife for the success of the surgery. What an amazing moment for them!

One of the many YouTube videos about Dr. Carson is this short clip of his life which also mentions the Carson Scholars Fund that recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.

Now that school is back in full swing, when your children have book reports to do on inspirational people, have them read Dr. Benjamin Carson’s Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence or Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story. Either one of those books may be a life-altering experience for them.


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