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Back in Iraq, Bob was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he underwent emergency brain surgery. Less than an hour after the bomb exploded, military doctors removed part of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain.

Lee says the surgeons' quick thinking saved Bob's life. Since so many soldiers suffer similar injuries, Lee says Iraq is the best place in the world to have this type of surgery.

After the first of many surgeries, a Medivac helicopter took Bob to a military hospital in Germany. Doctors had no idea when or if he would wake up from his coma.

Lee flew to Germany to be by her husband's side. When she saw Bob for the first time, she was stunned. "The left side of his face looked like a monster," she says. "It looked like a Frankenstein experiment. ... His brain was swollen out of his head like a rugby ball"

Despite a bleak prognosis, Lee says she remained optimistic. "I thought, 'I love you and you are a fighter. I know you're going to survive,'" she says.
FROM: Their First Interview Together: Reporter Bob Woodruff and His Wife, Lee
Published on February 27, 2007