3 weeks after losing his arm, PBS' Miles O'Brien tells 'NewsHour' audience 'I'll be OK'

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By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS science correspondent Miles O'Brien says he'll be OK, despite having most of his left arm amputated only three weeks ago.

O'Brien underwent emergency surgery on Feb. 14 after a blow to his arm from a heavy suitcase led to a life-threatening condition. He had first disclosed the ordeal on his blog on Feb. 25.

He also proudly announced while appearing on "PBS NewsHour" that he tied his own necktie Friday morning.

O'Brien recalled feeling his arm when he awoke from the surgery. But he says it was phantom pain, which has continued plaguing him.

He is back at work, and says he looks forward to again being able to pilot planes and shoot news video.

He calls the challenge "surmountable" and told well-wishers not to worry about him.

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