CNN’s Jake Tapper learned Tuesday what it is like to put someone in their casket early when he offered up his well wishes to former neurosurgeon Ben Carson over the passing of his mother, Sonya Carson.
Only one problem: She never died.
At the conclusion of an interview between the Tapper and Carson on “The Lead,” Tapper sent his “deepest condolences” to the 2016 presidential candidate, adding how much he knew his mother meant to him.
“This is the first time I’ve seen you since you lost your mother, and I just wanted to send our deepest condolences on your lost,” Tapper told Carson. “I know she meant a great deal to you.”
“I appreciate that. But she actually sprang back,” Carson said smiling and laughing.
“She sprang back?” a surprised Tapper asked.
“It looked like she was on her death bed. We all went down to say our final goodbyes,” Carson said. “Everybody started praying, and she sprang back!”
“Oh my god,” Tapper deadpanned. “I didn’t get the memo. I just saw the news and said my condolences. Well that’s the best news I’ve heard all day!”
“It is wonderful,” Carson added.
The news Tapper was likely referring to was Carson’s delaying of events in early May as he kicked off his presidential campaign when he and other family members descended upon Dallas, Texas, to see his mother, who had been ailing from Alzheimer’s.
While news of Carson’s mother’s resurgence was not widely reported, TheDC’s Alex Pappas gave an update of Sonya Carson’s condition in a July 8 story about “Gifted Hands,” a movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr. about Carson’s life and career in the medical field. (RELATED: A Movie Was Once Made About Ben Carson (And It May Be Helping Him)
His mother remains in his life today, but her health has been declining.
Hours before Carson announced his entry into the presidential race this summer, he got a call that his mom, who has Alzheimer’s, was no longer eating or drinking.
“They basically just said, ‘this is the end,’” a soft-spoken Carson said. “Take her home. And let her die there. That’s news I got the day before the announcement.”
In what Carson thought might be their final goodbye, his family rushed to her bedside. His wife, Candy, played the violin while his kids were singing and reading verses from the Bible. Carson said supporters told him they were praying for her.
And to everyone’s surprise, she got better.
“She just all of a sudden bloomed,” he said. “She blossomed. And she was back, and she was better than she was before.”