Injured ABC Newsman Woodruff Returning to U.S.

Jan 31, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC “World News Tonight” co-anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt are en route to the United States and are expected to arrive early Tuesday evening at Bethesda Naval Hospital to continue treatment for the shrapnel wounds they received Sunday in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq.

Mr. Woodruff’s brother David appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday and said that while the doctors continue to be encouraged by Mr. Woodruff’s progress, “At this point it would be too early to say what the end situation will be with him,” since he continues to be heavily sedated.

In addition to broken bones and head injuries Mr. Woodruff suffered facial wounds, which his brother David said are “pretty tough to look at.” Still, he said, “Those things, frankly, for us, are minor compared to just making sure he’s going to return from the injury to his head.”

Mr. Vogt was described as alert and able to sit and speak in a report Jim Sciutto filed Tuesday from Landstuhl, Germany, where the producer and anchor were treated at a U.S. military hospital after being flown out of Iraq.

Both the anchor and producer were wearing body armor, helmets and ballistic glasses Sunday as they traveled with the 4th Infantry Division and a convoy of Iraqi security forces. They were standing up in the back hatch of an Iraqi vehicle when the explosion occurred.

David Woodruff said on “GMA” Tuesday that his brother slumped down into the hatch and was picked up by the lapels by ABC producer Vinny Malhotra. “Am I alive?,” Mr. Woodruff asked the producer, who responded “Yes.” After saying, “This hurts a lot,” Mr. Woodruff fell into unconsciousness, his brother said.