ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff is speaking to his family and able to walk some five weeks after suffering major injuries in Iraq.
Woodruff's brother, David, says the family is encouraged by the progress and thrilled to be able to converse with him. "He talked to his daughter Cathryn on the phone just yesterday," David Woodruff said on "Good Morning America" Tuesday (March 7). "He said, 'I love you and I'm sure you miss me.'"
Cameraman Doug Vogt and Woodruff, a co-anchor of "World News Tonight," were injured in a roadside-bomb attack Jan. 29 as they were patrolling with U.S. soldiers outside Baghdad. Vogt, whose injuries weren't as severe as Woodruff's, has returned to his home in France and continues treatment there.
Woodruff is still at Bethesda Medical Center in Maryland. Although he still takes heavy doses of pain medication, "Bob has made some substantial progress in recent days," ABC News President Westin says.
"They have him up and walking around. He's conversing with [his wife] Lee, with his children and with the nurses," Westin says. "He's approaching the point where he will be leaving Bethesda Medical Center, and they are working hard at the moment to make sure they have the right facility to continue his recovery."
There's still no timetable for Woodruff's return to "World News Tonight." "GMA" anchors Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson are substituting for him alongside Elizabeth Vargas.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times