Doctors are keeping the ABC News anchor under sedation

By Stephen M. Silverman
February 09, 2006 08:30 AM

In an update on the conditions of ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Vogt, the seriously hurt newsman remains at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he is said to be making progress in recovering from head wounds and other injuries sustained in a Jan. 29 explosion while he was reporting from Iraq.

“The doctors are keeping him sedated for now to help with the healing of his various injuries,” said ABC News President David Westin, according to the Associated Press. “They do adjust the levels of his sedation from time to time, and they have been pleased with how he responds even with somewhat lowered sedation. This remains a long process.”

Woodruff’s wife, Lee, says she’s encouraged by the progress her husband has made. “Each day seems to bring more good news and good signs for his recovery and even the doctors are astonished by Bob’s strength and determination to heal,” she said in an e-mail to friends this week. “As you know, my man Bob is a fighter, and is sure to beat whatever time table any medical professionals or anyone else sets for him.”

Still, Lee adds: “I don t kid myself, however, that this will be a short journey. The doctor’s are constantly reminding me that the road ahead is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Meanwhile, Vogt, 46, has been transferred to an outpatient facility at the Bethesda Medical Center, a move Westin termed a “positive step” in his recovery.

Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer this week began sitting in for Woodruff, 44, on ABC’s World News Tonight. The news show on Thursday will launch a new series, “The Home Front,” that examines what happens to military personnel wounded in Iraq after they get home.

The periodic series will air about once a week, according to a network rep.