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Monday, January 30, 2006

Woodruff, cameraman seriously injured

Joins 16,000 Americans in surviving wounds
in Iraq

ABC anchor, cameraman treated in Germany
Woodruff's family hopeful after brain swelling goes down

LANDSTUHL, Germany - ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were flown to a U.S. military hospital in Germany on Monday, after treatment in Iraq that included surgeons removing shrapnel from Woodruff’s head and neck.

Their body armor likely saved them, “otherwise these would have been fatal wounds,” Gamble said.

Brain swelling went down

Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw said Monday that he had spoken with Woodruff’s wife, Lee, and said the family told him they had received “some encouraging news.”

“The doctors had told them once they arrived that the brain swelling had gone down. In Bob’s case, that had been a big concern. Yesterday they had to operate and remove part of the skull cap to relieve some of the swelling,” Brokaw said on NBC’S “Today” show.

He said the family told him doctors don’t know for sure whether shrapnel penetrated Woodruff’s brain but they were removing additional shrapnel from his neck area.

Woodruff could have lifelong injuries and given that he's in his mid-40's, his recovery could be a lot slower than the average soldier. He will probably be transferred to Walter Reed as soon as he's stabilized. I guess his insurance will reimburse the government for the cost of his care, because there isn't really any civilian facility which can deal with his wounds.
I wouldn't expect to see him on TV until the end of the year at the earliest.

posted by Steve @ 10:06:00 AM

10:06:00 AM

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