Saturday, March 15, 2008

Struggle for Words Frustrates Woodruff

By Christine Dugas,
USA Today
Posted: 2008-02-25 15:56:25
Filed Under: Health News
(Feb. 25) -- One year after Bob Woodruff spoke about his brain concussion on an ABC documentary, he is busy flying around the world on assignments and continuing to draw attention to the signature injury of the war in Iraq: traumatic brain injury.

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Two years after he suffered a serious brain injury while reporting in Iraq, former ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff is part of a team that produces in-depth reports for the network. He has made an amazing recovery from the injury, but he suffers from aphasia, a disorder that makes it difficult for him to come up with words. Above, Woodruff reports from Cuba in April.
His recovery seems miraculous, considering how the shrapnel from a roadside bomb had ripped into his skull on Jan. 29, 2006. Woodruff, 46, is back at work at ABC news, although he does not have his previous job as a news anchor — at least not yet.

"I don't know if I could do that," he says. "I think it's possible. But one thing that I know for sure is that I'm going to remain as a journalist because I have always loved journalism."

Woodruff now works with a team to produce more in-depth assignments. He can better cope with longer projects because his traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused a language disorder that makes it hard for him to come up with words. And for a journalist, nothing could be more frustrating.............