Download Gifted Hands PDF by Ben Carson. Gifted Hands by and about Ben Carson, M.D., is the inspiring story of an inner-city kid with poor grades and little motivation, who, at age thirty-three, became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
Summary of Gifted Hands by Ben Carson PDF
At the famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD, Ben Carson becomes a world-class pediatric neurosurgeon. Ben could never have imagined the future he would have with his mother and older brother, Curtis, growing up in impoverished Detroit. Ben’s heart is devastated when his father abandons his family when he is nine years old, and the pain lasts a lifetime.
Sonya, Ben’s mother, is a driving force in her sons’ lives. Sonya had 23 siblings and was born in a small town in Tennessee. Sonya married at the age of 13 to get away from her difficult life. Despite her third-grade education, Sonya was a wise woman who understood the importance of education for her kids’ escape from the ghetto and successful life. Sonya is a task master despite working three jobs at once. The boys are only permitted to watch two hours of television per week and are required to read two books per week and submit book reports to Sonya. The sons are unhappy with the arrangement, but they love and respect their mother and follow her rules.
Ben and Curtis faced numerous temptations and hardships that may have led them wrong. To fit in with the other youngsters, Ben succumbs to peer pressure and demands “cool” clothing. For a short time, he develops an attitude, and his grades begin to drop, but Sonya does not give up on him or on her kids’ dreams. She maintains her focus on the important things in life, emphasizing the importance of education and accomplishment. Sonya teaches her sons that they can be anything they desire and that reading will help them achieve their goals throughout their childhood. She was never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever Ben’s strong Christian convictions, which he has maintained throughout his life, were inspired by Sonya. When Ben is up against insurmountable odds, he prays to God and always manages to overcome them.
Ben begins to believe in himself and works hard in junior and senior high school to become one of the finest students in the class. Ben perseveres despite racial prejudice and ridicule from certain students and even teachers, always hearing his mother’s words in the back of his mind. Ben is being recruited by the greatest colleges in the country because of his outstanding academic achievements and high SAT scores. Ben eventually decides on Yale University, where he is awarded a full academic scholarship. Ben has known since he was a child that he wants to be a doctor, and there has never been any doubt about it. Ben works hard in every subject he takes to achieve his goal, and he ranks near the top of his Yale graduating class. Ben meets Candy, who is a few years his senior, while at Yale. She is intelligent, a gifted musician, and a native of Ben’s home state. Their friendship blossoms into a relationship. Candy becomes Ben’s wife in the end. Ben chooses Michigan State University for medical school because it has a strong medical school, is affordable, and is close to home.
During his time in medical school, Ben excels as a student and is always the one with the answers. Interns and residents begin to rely on Ben for assistance with their responsibilities. Ben’s first ambition was to become a missionary doctor or a psychiatrist, but he has developed an interest in neurosurgery. Ben learns of some news that could damage the University of Michigan’s neurosurgery program, so he applies to Johns Hopkins for the remainder of his medical school career. It was a watershed moment in Ben’s medical career when he was accepted into this world-class teaching hospital. Ben goes on to become the Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, where he leads surgical teams through challenging and contentious procedures such as separating conjoined twins who share sections of their heads. Ben Carson has become an inspiration to people of all colors and ages.
Gifted Hands will transplace you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world, and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others. In 1987, Dr. Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head — an extremely complex and delicate operation that was five months of planning and twenty-two hours of actual surgery, involving a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate.
Gifted Hands. The twins had received 50 units of blood, but their bleeding still hadn’t stopped! “There’s no more type-specific blood,” the reply came. “We’ve used it all.” As a result of this announcement, a quiet panic erupted through the room. Every ounce of type AB* negative blood had been drained from the Johns Hopkins Hospital blood bank. Yet the 7-month-old twin patients who had been joined at the back of their heads since birth needed more blood or they would die without ever having a chance to recuperate.
This was their only opportunity, their only chance, at normal lives. Their mother, Theresa Binder, had searched throughout the medical world and found only one team who was willing to even attempt to separate her twin boys and preserve both lives.
Other surgeons told her it couldn’t be done—that one of the boys would have to be sacrificed. Allow one of her darlings to die? Theresa couldn’t even bear the thought. Although they were joined at the head, even at 7 months of age each had his own personality—one playing while the
other slept or ate. No, she absolutely couldn’t do it! After months of searching she discovered the Johns Hopkins team.
Many of the 70-member team began offering to donate their own blood, realizing the urgency of the situation.
The 17 hours of laborious, tedious, painstaking operating on such tiny patients had progressed well, all things considered. The babies had been successfully anesthetized after only a few hours, a complex procedure because of
their shared blood vessels. The preparation for cardiovascular
Gifted Hands reveals a man with humility, decency, compassion, courage, and sensitivity who serves as a role model for young people (and everyone else) in need of encouragement to attempt the seemingly impossible and to excel in whatever they attempt. Dr. Carson also describes the key role that his highly intelligent though relatively uneducated mother played in his metamorphosis from an unmotivated ghetto youngster into one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world.