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Dr. Ben Carson 2016: 9 Facts About Personal Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

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By    |   Friday, 30 Jan 2015 09:14 PM

Following his February 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has been thrust into the spotlight as a possible contender for the 2016 presidential race.

Here are eight facts about Carson's personal life:

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1. He was born in Detroit in 1951. His mother, Sonya, was one of 24 children. She married at 13, and after Carson’s parents divorced, she raised him and his brother, Curtis.

2. Sonya required her boys to read two library books every week and submit reports to her. She couldn’t read the reports, but her children didn’t know that because she littered them with checkmarks.

3. Carson attended Southwestern High School in inner-city Detroit, and earned a B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1973.

4. Carson once had a terrible temper that he conquered through prayer. Biogrpahy.com says after a particularly frightening fight with a friend, Carson locked himself in a room with the Bible and found comfort in the proverbs passage that read, "Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city."

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5. Carson always knew he wanted to be a doctor. As a child, his family was on medical assistance, and they would wait for hours in the hospital before being seen by a resident or intern.

"I didn't mind at all because I was in the hospital. And I was listening to the PA system. 'Dr. Jones, Dr. Jones to the emergency room,' just sounded so fabulous. And I would be saying, 'They're going to be saying "Dr. Carson" one day,'" he told the Academy of Achievement.

6. Carson earned his medical degree at the School of Medicine at University of Michigan, where he studied neurosurgery. In 1975, he married Lacrena "Candy" Rustin and they moved to Baltimore, where Carson was a resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1977. He became chief resident in neurosurgery in 1983.

7. In 1987, Carson gained international acclaim by separating German craniopagus twins. Joined at the back of the head, the twins had separate brains. Carson employed hypothermic arrest, a process that cooled the twins' bodies to slow bleeding.

A team of 70 doctors, nurses and support staff performed the 22-hour surgery. There was minimal brain damage and the twins survived, making it the first successful surgery of its kind.

8. He and his wife formed the Carson Scholars Fund in 1994 after learning about an international survey in which eighth grade students in the United States placed 21st out of 22 countries in solving math and science problems.

9. Carson published his autobiography, “Gifted Hands,” in 1996. In a 2009 television production of the book, Carson was played by Cuba Gooding Jr.

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Following his February 2013 speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson has been thrust into the spotlight as a possible contender for the 2016 presidential race. Here are eight facts about Carson's personal life.
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