Wow, this is a very powerful story for a number of reasons. First of all, Bob Woodruff has had a terrible brain injury. By all accounts he should not be this functional. He is a walking testimony to modern American trauma surgery. He takes back to Iraq and then thru his injury. We follow his long recovery. What he doesn’t highlight is how his treatment was different than the average soldier. I believe the difference can be seen in rehab. His family was on top of every little detail. Even his children help with his recovery. I think, I don’t know this for a fact, that the average soldier gets the same initial care including rapid transport from the field to a forward hospital. Quick operative if necessary then transport to the States. All of this care is the same. I will go so far as to say all of the hospital care was the same. The difference comes in the rehab.
Woodruff takes us to see several head injury patients that are not doing as well as he is. I think that this takes some personal courage to share those feelings with us. Most trauma patients just simply want to move on and forget about what happened. He doesn’t.
This is part of the series. Enjoy.