ABC’s Injured Team Continues Recovery

woodruffvogt.jpgJust a few miles from downtown Washington, ABC News’ Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt continue their recuperation. Today ABC News President David Westin sent an email update to the staff, and Woodruff’s brother said that “the more we learn about Bob’s injuries the more we appreciate just how lucky he is.”

Full email after the jump.


From: Westin, David
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 12:49 PM
Subject: Bob and Doug

Bob and Doug continue their treatments in Bethesda, and both continue to make progress. Bob’s brother, David, asked me to pass along this note from him and the family bringing you up to date on Bob:

“On behalf of all the Woodruffs I wanted to reach out to Bob’s entire ABC family and thank you again for your seemingly endless supply of love and support. It means everything to us and to everyone involved in Bob’s recovery.

To update you – Bob’s amazing team of doctors, nurses and corpsmen continue to be pleased with the progress he makes each day and they are optimistic about his recovery. But the more we learn about Bob’s injuries the more we appreciate just how lucky he is. We need to remind ourselves it’s only been 2 1/2 weeks since he sustained his injuries in Iraq. We live in a world of instant gratification where patience as a virtue is rarely practiced. Our family now has a whole new appreciation for the word and what it truly means to be patient.

So many of you have asked about Lee, the kids and her extended family. She has been at Bethesda almost every day since we all arrived there from Germany. The kids have come down on the weekends. Thanks to Bob and Lee’s dedicated army of friends in their hometown the kids are receiving love, tenderness and most importantly, continuing with their routines as much as possible. My brothers and I and our spouses are rotating in and out of Bethesda along with Lee’s sisters and their spouses – remaining a constant presence for Bob, Lee and my parents.

We see so much sacrifice every day at the hospital and we can’t help but feel grateful to the soldiers being treated alongside Bob and their families. We know World News Tonight is directing their audience to consider giving to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Fisher House Foundation. We encourage those of you who want to help to do the same. We are a very lucky family and here in Bethesda we are constantly reminded that not everyone is as blessed.

Thanks again for your messages of hope and your prayers. They are heard and they are deeply appreciated.”

As for Doug, he is continuing his outpatient treatment at Bethesda and all of us remain very hopeful for a full recovery.