Candy Carson gets choked up over husband's lost patients

Story highlights

  • Candy Carson says she is still haunted by husband's lost patients
  • During "New Day" interview, wife of Ben Carson accuses media of being "unethical"

(CNN)Telling the story of her husband's life in medicine, and the loss their family suffered along the way, was a trying, deeply emotional task for Candy Carson.

"It's hard putting your life down on pages," the wife of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day." "There are still things that I cry about as I read — the tragedies we had in our life."
Carson described her new book, "A Doctor in the House: My Life with Ben Carson," a memoir about her family and the retired neurosurgeon turned conservative political star's rise in the medical world, as a necessary tool in helping "people to get a better perspective of him."
    But for all the success — Ben Carson became a celebrated figure in his field — Candy Carson said on Wednesday that she is still haunted by the patients he couldn't save.
    "When I was doing the audio book, there were times when we just had to stop," she recalled. "I just had to try to pull myself together and just extract myself form the situation. We lost twins. There were patients that had stories that were very emotive. When you do all you can and the surgery goes well and everything else goes well, but the patient's body just can't take another surgery."
    As her husband transitioned from the operating room to national politics, Carson told CNN, the challenge has shifted. For her, the media crush hit especially hard.
    Carson lashed out at reports that her husband exaggerated or fabricated anecdotes about his violent behavior as a young man. She also appeared miffed by a controversy surrounding claims he was offered a full scholarship to West Point. Carson's campaign has since conceded he did not formally apply and said the debate centered on a semantic misunderstanding.
    "When the media discovers that it's true and they found the written word that proves it, then they don't say anything," Candy Carson said. "They don't say, 'Oh, we made a mistake there.' You don't hear that. So it's really not fair in the way they will attack people with untruths, without checking to make sure it's untrue."
    "It's hurtful," she added, "but then again, we understand that while the media is the one business that's protected by our Constitution, some of the media is unethical. So it's something that you kind of come to expect now. So he says listen to what I say, not what they say I say."