After a life-threatening incident at the close of last year owing to blood clots in his lungs, the renowned weatherman missed nearly thirty straight episodes of Today and was in and out of the hospital from late November until January 6th, 2023.
Al Roker once tweeted about a health concern he had, in case you missed it…
“So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I’ve been,” he began his post. “Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs.”
“After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery. Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone.”
“Innocently, many of you have wondered where I am. Last week, I was hospitalized with a blood clot that originated in my leg and eventually made its way to my lungs. After some medical whack-a-mole, I’m very relieved to finally be receiving top-notch care and making progress in my rehabilitation. We hope to see you soon and thank you for your prayers and concern. Best wishes to all for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.”
The TV star’s health has been a constant source of worry.
He revealed that two years ago he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery. He has undergone several operations for his hip and knee problems.
Since the mid-1970s, when he began his broadcasting career, Roker has garnered multiple awards for the excellence of his newscasts.
Despite some health problems, he recently completed the Brooklyn Half Marathon.
It was expected that encouraging messages would arrive. Hoda Kotb, who was happy for him, said, “Al Roker– hurry back to us… counting the days xoxoxo,” and Jenna Bush Hager, who added, “Love you Al! Hurry home. You are missed and loved beyond measure!”
It was said by Dylan Dryer, “Love you Al and praying every day for a speedy recovery!” And Craig Melvin wrote, “Love you brother… can’t wait to have you back!”
Now that he’s feeling better, he’s making a return to Today, but his wife of 27 years can’t help but mention that they’re still in shock.
Deborah, a news anchor for ABC News, discussed her position as a caretaker for her husband with Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of the documentary Pretty Baby, which Brooke Shields directed.
She said: “I think a lot of people don’t realize that – and I never realized that – that being a caregiver is really taxing, exhausting, frightening, all of those things.”
The journalist noted: “I never went through anything like this,” adding that: “And I hope I’ll never do it again.”
She continued: “But it’s tough,” and, detailing how while Al is in much better shape, it nonetheless has been difficult to move past the dark period, she said: “I’m still kind of, I think, recuperating. I’m still kind of tired. I’m still mentally exhausted.”
However, she further said: “But you know what, I’m grateful and just trying to just bask in the moment and just be happy that he’s well, and we’re all well.”
When Al returned to Today on January 6th, the ABC celebrity was there to welcome him back.
Although Al is “back to driving me crazy,” Deborah has a strong network of friends and family to lean on, and she credits her religious beliefs and spirituality with helping her get through her husband’s health scare.
“My family got me through it, my colleagues got me through it. Colleagues, many of whom are here today, lifted me up in times when I felt like I just couldn’t make it. People were there, and texting and emailing and calling, and that made all the difference.”
We truly hope they never have to go through something similar again, and we are sending the family healings and prayers that everything will be OK!
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