Source: Adventist News Network
A Seventh-day Adventist pioneer in pediatric neurosurgery who overcame childhood poverty and achieved worldwide renown received the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States government on June 19.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr. was awarded the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for his outstanding contributions to medicine and his motivating influence on America's young people, U.S. President George W. Bush said during a morning ceremony in the East Room of the White House.
Perhaps best known for his successful efforts in separating conjoined twins and controlling brain seizures in children, Carson is chief of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
Carson, an inner city Detroit, Michigan native, overcame a "grim future" of poverty, crime and violence to become "a scholar, a healer and a leader," Bush told the audience of cabinet members, Congressional representatives and medal recipients and their families.
"For his skills as a surgeon, his high moral standards and his dedication to helping others, I am proud to bestow this honor," Bush said. [click here to read more]
Dr. Carson has also authored 4 books, his latest one on "learning to identify, choose and live with acceptable risk." You can listen Ground 7 News' interview with him by clicking here.
The Adventist neurosurgeon will be played by Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. in an upcoming movie based on his autobiography, "Gifted Hands."