Injured CBS News Correspondent Headed Back to U.S.

Jun 7, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CBS News Correspondent Kimberly Dozier was flown out of Germany Wednesday, heading for Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

According to a report on CBSNews.com, Ms. Dozier, 39, was among some 40 patients being transported aboard a U.S. military aircraft. Ms. Dozier is to be treated at Bethesda Naval Medical Center at the expense of CBS News.

Ms. Dozier received serious head and leg wounds May 29 in Baghdad in a car bomb blast that killed her two-man crew, CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan.

She was flown the next day to the U.S. military’s Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where her progress after multiple surgeries has been described as “pretty good.”

CBS News VP Linda Mason, who has been with Ms. Dozier since she arrived at Landstuhl, said Tuesday that Ms. Dozier had had her first physical therapy session for her legs, was significantly less swollen in the face and was in good spirits.

Video taken as Ms. Dozier was being brought aboard the plane Wednesday showed her to be alert and engaged in conversation with those around her.

“Phase one was to save her life, which they did here,” Ms. Mason said at Landstuhl. “Phase 2 is to start remolding her life, fixing her legs so that she can walk, fixing her sport so she can live a carefree life. It’s all going to take time.”

Ms. Dozier’s path to recovery follows that of Bob Woodruff, who was critically injured in a roadside bomb blast in late January on assignment for ABC News outside Baghdad. Mr. Woodruff was airlifted to Landstuhl and then Bethesda, where he was slowly brought out of a medically induced coma.

While he also has a long road to full recovery, Mr. Woodruff is back home, reading newspapers and watching “World News Tonight,” according to an update from ABC News President David Westin to staffers on an internal conference call Tuesday.