Brother: Bob Woodruff's Progress Slow

David Woodruff writes the ABC News staff about his brother's condition

Injured ABC news anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt continue to recover from their injuries as a result of a roadside bombing in Iraq on Jan. 29, with Woodruff remaining under sedation in a Bethesda, Md., hospital.

On Thursday, ABC News president David Westin dispatched an e-mail to members of the news team, saying that “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.”

The message from David Woodruff said, “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.”

Regarding his brother’s condition, David Woodruff said: “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.”

Woodruff added that Bob’s wife, Lee, “has been at Bethesda almost every day since we all arrived there from Germany,” where Woodruff was initially airlifted after first being treated by U.S. military doctors in Iraq.

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

Woodruff also singled out the hospital staff and express gratitude “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.”

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