Former CNN Anchor Says He Has Gone to a ‘Dark Place’

Mar 20, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A former CNN anchor, appearing on the network Wednesday to talk about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, also spoke about a personal situation that he said took him to a “dark place.” TVNewser reports that Miles O’Brien talked with host Erin Burnett about losing his left arm.

As previously reported, O’Brien, who is now a “PBS Newshour” science correspondent, had his arm amputated above the elbow after a freak accident in February. Burnett asked O’Brien how he’s been doing since the surgery.

“I talk with my hands and I have lost half my vocabulary,” O’Brien joked. Then he addressed the depression he felt in the aftermath of the accident, noting, “What happens in these cases, Erin, and until you’re presented with this kind of thing you don’t know what you’re going to do.”

“To me there’s two choices," he said. "You can either look at it as yet another challenge in life, something you need to overcome, or you end up in a very dark place. I didn’t like the dark place when I went down that road briefly. So I’m going to stay on this road.”

O’Brien noted that he’s focused on getting a specially fitted prosthetic arm that will enable him to pilot a plane and shoot video.

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