Most of the news about Ben Carson lately has involved the words “Muslim” and “unconstitutional,” or reality show stars calling him a “pretty good doctor.” However before Dr. Ben Carson gave speeches to conservatives, he was the top pediatric neurosurgeon in the world.
And when we say top in the world, we mean in a the-first-person-to-ever-seperate-conjoined-twins kind of way. Yes, for real. Meet Patrick and Benjamin Binder.
The Binders are twins from Ulm, Germany, who were seven months old when they underwent surgery to be separated. Conjoined twins who are typically attached at the skull — or craniopagus twins — rarely survive past their second birthday, thus the surgery was a chance for Patrick and Benjamin to have longer and healthier lives. There was incredible risk to performing the operation, as the twins shared a critical vein in their brains: the sagittal superior sinus, which drains blood from the brain as well as cerebrospinal fluid. Carson and a team of 70 Johns Hopkins Hospital medical professionals worked for 22 hours straight to complete the operation.
It’s during that operation that Carson began perfecting the technique slowing down patients’ bodies to prevent additional medical complications and make it easier to separate shared veins. The twins’ blood was drained, their hearts stopped, and functionality of their brains limited. By allowing little, if any, blood to course through either twin, the risk of fatal blood loss was slightly reduced. The lengthy surgery was still a bit of a gamble and ended with Carson and his team electing not to reconstruct each child’s new skull. Miraculously, the twins survived and have been living independently despite brain damage associated with the operation. They have since undergone a considerable amount of procedures and are said to be “neurologically normal,” according to The Des Moines Register.
Remember this story when anyone tries to attack Carson’s intelligence. Sure, he may speak more slowly than a sloth on Xanax, but a lot of smart people communicate in a similarly measured way.
Dr. Ben Carson is effectively the polar opposite of Obama. Here we have a black American, who accomplished incredible things in the private sector, who speaks in measured tones, devoid of rhetoric, communicating the positive ideas of American exceptionalism and unity.
Contrast that with President Obama who community organized, villifies opponents and claims that all minority classes are victims deserving of more free stuff.
I’ve said this for a while, I really, really like Dr. Ben Carson as a person. As a candidate, he just needs to find that fire in his belly. If he can communicate his message with a little more passion, if more Americans can become familiar with his resume, he’ll resonate.
He just needs to find that Eye of the Tiger, baby. That Eye of the Tiger…