Dr Oz: Bob Woodruff Brain Injury From Roadside Bomb in Iraq


Dr Oz did a segment on the Tragedy in Tucson and he brought on Bob Woodruff, an ABC News Anchor / Reporter, who was hit four years ago by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq.  37 minutes after Woodruff’s injury, he was in surgery and was in a medically induced coma for over a month.  After he started to recover, he had considerable difficulty finding words.  Now, four years later, he is back on TV and seems to be fully recovered.  Like Doctor Oz said, the medical advances in the treatment of a Traumatic Brain Injury are truly remarkable.

Dr Oz: Traumatic Brain Injury

Dr Oz asked Lee Woodruff, Bob’s wife, what it is like to sit and wait after you find out that your loved one has had a brain injury.  Dr Oz Woodruff GiffordsShe said that there is no greater pain and it is awful because you do not know what is likely to happen with a brain injury.  You have to make big decisions, often all by yourself.  Lee Woodruff said that she remembers a doctor passing her a release form to authorize a surgery, and she was thinking in her head – his mom is sitting right over there, please do not make it all my responsibility.

Dr Oz: Bob Woodruff & Congresswoman Giffords

Bob Woodruff said that the explosion went off just 20 feet away and all he remembers is his body floating underneath him as he looked up and saw his cameraman and producer and he asked them if all three of them were alive or not.  Next thing he knew, he woke up 36 days later.  Lee Woodruff said that even on Day 35 things were not looking good, because he could not respond to commands and she was told to start looking for a home to take care of him.


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