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.
Since the mid-1970s, when he began his broadcasting career, Roker has garnered multiple awards for the excellence of his newscasts.
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.
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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