Woodruff in Outpatient Treatment, Spending More Time at Home

Apr 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Less than a month after entering a rehabilitation center in New York, “World News Tonight” co-anchor Bob Woodruff, who was severely injured two months ago in Iraq, is in outpatient treatment and spending more time at home.

“I can’t tell you what a blessing it is,” he wrote in an update that ABC News President David Westin e-mailed to ABC News staffers Thursday. A photo of Mr. Woodruff taken at the Woodruff family table Thursday accompanied the update.

“Though I know there is still a long road ahead, it’s nice to be feeling more like myself again — laughing with family, reading bedtime stories and reminding my kids to do their homework,” wrote Mr. Woodruff, whose initial coma was prolonged by heavy sedation to aid his recovery from head wounds and other injuries.

Mr. Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were injured Jan. 29 in a roadside bomb blast just outside Baghdad. They were treated at ABC News’ expense at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. Mr. Vogt left the hospital in February and returned to his home in France to continue rehabilitation on an outpatient basis. Mr. Woodruff was moved from Bethesda to the rehabilitation center in mid-March.

“I don’t know how I’m ever going to thank everyone for all they have done for me — the military doctors who saved my life and all the doctors and nurses who have treated me, my wife and children, my family and my dear friends who have committed themselves to helping me in my recovery. And all of you, for your seemingly endless support and the love you’ve shown my family,” Mr. Woodruff wrote.

“I have been moved beyond words by the letters, the cards and the genuine good wishes I have received from our viewers. They are a source of strength and a constant reminder of why I am putting all my effort toward getting back to work with you.”