Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall said he felt ‘very lucky to be here’ after suffering serious injuries covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine in which two of his colleagues were killed .
Hall was transferred to a Texas hospital last month after the vehicle he was traveling in was hit outside Kyiv. The attack killed Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova, who worked as a freelancer for Fox News, and cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski.
“To sum up, I lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other,” Hall wrote Thursday on Twitter. “One hand is being put together, one eye is not working and my hearing is quite blown… but overall I feel so damn lucky to be here – and it’s the people who brought me here which are amazing!”
Before sharing the status of his recovery, Hall paid tribute to his colleagues, saying he had traveled the world with Zakrzewski, whose “joy was contagious”.
Fox News reported at the time that a nonprofit group worked with the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to extract Hall from Ukraine. He was transferred to Poland and then to a medical center in Germany before his transfer to the United States.
“We are in close contact with Ben and his family, and he remains in good spirits despite everything he has been through. His strength and resilience in the face of this crisis has been nothing short of extraordinary,” wrote Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News Media, to staffers last month “Please continue to keep this in your prayers and we will provide further updates as needed.”
The Kremlin assault on Ukraine lasted more than six weeks, resulting in heavy civilian casualties. At least six journalists have been killed covering the violence, including more than 5,000 civilian deaths in the port city of Mariupol.
President Joe Biden has called for a war crimes trial against Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing outcry over civilian deaths, including shocking images from some areas after Russian troops withdrew.
The Kremlin has denied allegations of violence against civilians.