Dr. Sanjay Gupta Speaks In Indian Wells
Neurosurgeon and Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, spoke to thousands Tuesday night in Indian Wells as part of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation Desert Town Hall. Dr. Gupta sat down with KMIR6's Elizabeth Beaubien before Video by kmir6.comvideo
INDIAN WELLS - You probably know him from CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network's Chief Medical Correspondent, but also a world renowned neurosurgeon and expert on neuroscience...
Gupta made an appearance in the valley to speak about medicine in the media, particularly in time of war.
Before his speech he gave KMIR6 a one on one.
"When we think of Vietnam, we think of amputations and how many limbs lost. When we look back on these wars, significant injury in this war , like TBI's (traumatic brain injuries). There has been much progress in how we treat them and how it will make a difference in lives for decades to come and whether they decide, or not decide, to join the military."
Gupta's talk here in the desert really hit home for high schooler Madison Givens who introduced the doctor when he took a few minutes to talk to some local aspiring doctors.
Madison recently recovered from a brain injury she suffered during a cheerleading accident a few years ago.
"After that, my family began watching and following all of Dr.Gupta's documentaries and he helped me through the healing process and learning more about the brain. I now want to study and go into neuroscience and it was such a big impact o my life and family."
Turns out, Dr. Gupta and Madison have a quite a bit in common. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a car at the age of 19.
"In medicine, if you have a brain injury, they have something called a Glasgow Coma Scale, a 15 is perfect and a 3 is basically brain dead...I was at a 6 for 3 weeks.
My father still jokes that im recovering (laughs)"