From all the information gathered from recent news bits about ABC reporter Bob Woodruff, it appears he may have suffered some degree of traumatic brain injury. Consider the following statements used in media reports:
–“[Woodruff] used some “colorful language” before losing consciousness.”
–“this is not going to be a sprint, it’s going to be a marathon”
–“He responded to stimuli to his hands and feet.”
What’s interesting is what the press is not saying. There aren’t too many specifics about Mr. Woodruff’s head injury because of an unwritten rule of TBI: they can destroy a career. Even with a mild brain injury, we could see a very different Bob Woodruff on the news, but it’s too early to speculate about his outcome.
At this point, we can only hope that Mr. Woodruff’s has a healthy recovery, and that his terrible misfortune can turn into a vehicle for greater awareness of TBI and all the social issues that plague head injury survivors.