US news anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt, seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Iraq, were being treated by a trauma team at a US military hospital in Germany today.
“They’re both very seriously injured, but stable,” Col. Bryan Gamble, commander of the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in western Germany, said at a news conference.
Gamble said the two were heavily sedated and under the care of the hospital’s trauma team but did not describe their injuries, saying he did not have permission from family members.
Officials with the ABC television network have said they suffered head injuries and that Woodruff also had broken bones.
“The injuries are typical for victims of improvised explosive devices,” Gamble said. “The next few days, the next few weeks, will be important to determine how they do.”
Gamble said the men’s body armour may have saved them from worse injuries.
“I would assume they were properly outfitted,” he said. “That said, body armour is one of the main advances in saving lives. Otherwise these would have been fatal wounds.”
He said patients typically remain at Landstuhl for 48 to 72 hours. Asked how long the men would stay, he answered: “It’s too early to say. They’ve been here less than four hours and they’re still undergoing evaluation.”
Later they are to be “taken to the best possible facility in the US” he said.
Woodruff and Vogt were airlifted from Iraq to the nearby Ramstein Air Base and brought by ambulance to the hospital. The facility, located atop a wooded hill in the small town of Landstuhl, has treated thousands of US troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.