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02/10/03

Cornerstones of Black History--Dr. Benjamin Carson

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Dr. Benjamin Carson grew up hearing teachers call him a dummy, but that never discouraged him. In fact, it made him even more determined to succeed. When Carson was a child, his temper was so bad he would attack his classmates and even his mother. But he turned his life around and went on to become a doctor, and even made medical history.

In 1987, Carson first made medical history by leading a 70-member surgical team that separated a pair of Siamese twins who were born joined at the back of the head. Past operations had always failed, resulting in the death of one or both infants. But this time was different: after 22 hours in the operating room, the twins were successfully separated and now survive independently. He's also credited with many other surgical firsts related to the brain.

In spite of his success, Carson spends countless hours talking to students, encouraging them to always do their best.

Reported by: Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com

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