"Gifted Hands" Airs on Oregon's
Comcast Throughout February
The inspirational and uplifting life story of Seventh-day Adventist pediatric neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, is gaining national exposure with a 2009 Hollywood production which airs this month. The movie, based on Carson's memoir, will trace his journey from frustrated inner-city kid to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.
The TNT cable network typically airs action-oriented programming, however, takes an opportunity to showcase one of America's brightest lights in medicine. "Gifted Hands is more than just an inspirational tale of overcoming seemingly impossible odds to succeed," TNT senior vice president Michael Wright said in a statement. "It's that rare story of finding something deeper and more meaningful in life, while facing the challenges of the world with faith, hope and courage."
Carson's story, which is familiar to many Adventists, describes his childhood in a rough neighborhood of Detroit and his difficulties after his father "abandoned the family." Encouraged by his mother, Carson wrote, he pushed himself to succeed in school even when faced with prejudice and negative peer pressure.
What may not be known is that Dr. Carson was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Bush in 2008, and in 2001 was named by CNN and Time as one of the nation's 20 foremost physicians and scientists. Also in 2001, he was selected by the Library of Congress as one of 89 Living Legends on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. He has authored four inspirational books, holds more than 50 honorary doctorates, and literally received hundreds of other awards during his distinguished career.
Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will portray Dr. Carson in a TNT Original television movie, "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story." The movie premiered on February 7, however, on Oregon's Comcast Cable, it will be aired numerous times throughout February.