Monday, April 14, 2008

Reporter Bob Woodruff Plagued by Aphasia After Suffering Brain Injury in Iraq

Former ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff, who suffered a head injury in a roadside bombing in Iraq, still struggles with the effects of his traumatic brain injury.

Though Woodruff has been able to return to work as a reporter for ABC, he sometimes still struggles to come up with words for everyday objects, like "remote control." Other times, he might use the wrong word or a made-up one. It’s like a roadblock in his brain.

That’s just one of the scars left by the shrapnel that ripped into his skull caused.

The disorder that makes Woodruff forget words he once knew is "aphasia," and it affects about 1 million people in the United Sates, according to the National Aphasia Association. It happens when a stroke or brain injury affects the left side of the brain, which controls language.

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