A News Anchor Ready for Primetime

Neurology Now
November/December 2006
Volume 2(6)
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On camera for the first time since he was severely wounded last January while covering the war in Iraq, former ABC anchor Bob Woodruff will tell the nation about his grueling and ongoing recovery from traumatic brain injury (TBI).

In a primetime special planned to air next spring, Woodruff will interview eyewitnesses and members of the medical team who saved his life. He will also focus on the military's medical recovery teams and the stories of soldiers injured in Iraq.

Woodruff continues to undergo outpatient therapy for the TBI he suffered in a roadside bomb blast, ABC said this fall in announcing his TV special. He plans to be at work more regularly after the special, according to the network, although his future role is unclear.

In addition to the special, the 45-year-old father of four is telling his story in a book co-authored by his wife, Lee. In the memoir, the couple will discuss how their family was affected by his TBI. “No one knows exactly just how they might or might not behave in a crisis until it drops out of the sky and knocks you down like a bandit, stealing your future,” Lee Woodruff writes. “Sudden tragic events teach us more about ourselves than most of us ever cared to know.”

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