Associated Press
February 25, 2014 AT 12:00 PM EST

PBS science correspondent Miles O’Brien says his left arm was amputated above the elbow after an apparently minor injury turned serious.

In a blog post published Tuesday and verified by PBS, O’Brien recounts the Feb. 12 injury that occurred while he was on assignment in Asia and how it progressed to a life-threatening stage.

O’Brien says he was diagnosed with “acute compartment syndrome,” in which blocked blood flow in the body can cause serious consequences.

The PBS reporter says his doctor told him removing part of the arm was a choice between “a life and a limb.” He says he’s grateful to be alive.

PBS spokeswoman Anne Bell says O’Brien has continued working, despite the ordeal.

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