ABC Anchor Woodruff, injured in Iraq, to return to job

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Great news about ABC Anchor Bob Woodruff who was severely injured in a attack while covering the war in Iraq. He wife just posted a family letter to the ABC News website and says that Bob is doing great, playing tennis, and approaching a full recovery.

I think if you haven’t seen Bob, you would be amazed. His hair has grown in; he has been playing some killer tennis, driving the boat for the kids to tube, doing some Pilates with my sister and playing scrabble like a fiend.  He looks and sounds so much more like himself each week.

Look for Bob to return to some sort of news duty, possibly the anchor desk, as soon as the next few months. (Link)

6 thoughts on “ABC Anchor Woodruff, injured in Iraq, to return to job”

  1. God Bless Him so much.
    I am so happy and bless to see how well he has recoverd.
    Our prayers are with you and your family and your life is in God’s hands.

  2. God Bless Him so much.
    I am so happy and bless to see how well he has recoverd.
    Our prayers are with you and your family and your life is in God’s hands.

  3. I believe that God allows things to happen for a reason and I really think that he has allowed this terrible tragedy to happen to you so that you can be the voice for those poor injured young men who are returning from war and needing help so very much.

  4. It would be good if Mr. Woodruff would be allowed to host a town hall like meeting where TBI victims are in the audience but they are not apparent. Some injuries are not easily seen and we are hard on the government for not picking this up.
    The issue is addressing the problem, not blaming someone for not picking it up. It would be constructive to show people that it is not so easily understood and that integrated treatment does already exist. Maybe it’s just the degree that has to be stepped up.
    All I know is that we are wasting time and lives on this and the more depressed the patients get and the longer we are not trying, the more patients are going to give up and lose as a result. We don’t want to have more dependent people on our hands just because they were not addressed in time.
    Since these injuries are highly individualized, any PT, OT, or CT should be done at once as the patient has to be evaluated before he or she compensates or covers up for the injuries and gives up on some functions. You want to know what the problems are early, just like you have when you are raising children, you don’t want them covered up, you want them treated the best way you can. The patients will work with you because all benefits accrue to them! All rehab hurts and is non-specific. Patients know this but they can’t do it alone just like a toddler can’t learn a language or to walk alone. You need to get in there and help them early and often. I am living proof of this, and so is Mr. Woodward, as I had a Cerebral Vascular Bleed 4 years ago this Sept. I now walk without any assistance, drive and obviously, type. I have been bed ridden, wheelchair bound, walker dependent and though it took over a year and a half I am visually unaffected. I have some memory, fatigue, and directional issues but am not as bad if I were left alone to fend for myself.
    The key is to have centers that do Physical things with cooperative patients. The trained therapists and technicians don’t need to know everything. The patient will tell you through their body language and mental capability what they can achieve.

  5. I too am living proof of recovery from TBI. My husband was about to put me in a nursing home when my parents stepped in and took me home.I am doing everything they said I would probably never do again, walk, drive, bathe.
    I feel that more needs done for the public to see this “invisible epidemic”. Many of us have no outward problems but it is all cognitive. My left side is paralyzed which is evident but there is so much brain stuff that was affected. My husband left and divorced me, taking all my insurance and money.

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