Lee Woodruff talks about the moment she learned her husband was critically injured.

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 The day Bob was struck by a roadside bomb, his wife and four children were 7,000 miles away, vacationing at Disney World.

"The phone rang, and I was sure that [it was my wake-up call]," she says. "[But] it was David Westin, the president of ABC News. He said, 'Lee, Bob's been wounded. We believe he's taken shrapnel to the brain.'"

At that moment, Lee says her world stopped. "Here I was in this beautiful room, and we were going to go to the Epcot Center that day," she says. "My brain just began shuffling everything. It was one of those truly out-of-body moments."

Before she could break the news to her children, Lee stepped outside to mentally prepare herself and call Bob's parents. When she went back inside, she found her eldest children, Mack and Cathryn, watching news coverage of their father's grave injuries.

"They looked at me, and Cathryn said, 'Mom, something happened to Daddy.' I thought, 'I'm not ready for this,'" she says. "[Then] I became this character I call 'The General.' ... My first thought was, 'I can't help Bob right now. I have to help these four little people.'"

Lee says she told her children that she believed in her heart that their father would be okay. Then, she says she went into the bathroom, turned on the water and started sobbing.
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FROM: Their First Interview Together: Reporter Bob Woodruff and His Wife, Lee
Published on February 27, 2007

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