Special highlights Woodruff return


ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff will return to the air in primetime in the spring with a special that will document what has happened since he was critically wounded in January during a roadside bombing in Iraq.

Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were injured Jan. 29 when the Iraqi armored vehicle in which they were riding was hit by a roadside bomb outside Baghdad. Vogt's injuries were less severe, but Woodruff's life was saved by the quick action of military medics on the scene and at the U.S. military hospital. Woodruff went through an extensive period of treatment and has been recovering outside New York while also visiting the ABC News headquarters since the summer.

Woodruff's report will include interviews with the medics and others at the scene and the personnel at the military hospital, as well of the plight of service members severely wounded in Iraq and their families back home.

Meanwhile, Random House said Thursday that it has signed a deal with Woodruff's wife, Lee, to write a book on the experiences along with her husband. It not only will focus on the attack and its aftermath but also on Woodruff's previous experiences as a lawyer and reporter in China and other milestones in their careers and family life.

"No one knows exactly just how they might or might not behave in a crisis until it drops out of the sky and knocks you down like a bandit, stealing your future," Lee Woodruff wrote in an excerpt released by Random House. "Sudden tragic events … teach us more about ourselves than most of us ever cared to know."

Random House said that part of the proceeds of the book will go to organizations that support armed-service members who sustain traumatic brain injuries.