Al Roker made his return to NBC’s “Today” present on Friday morning after a two-month hiatus as he underwent remedies and surgical procedure for blood clots and inner bleeding.
“I’m sorry, but the tears are already flowing,” Savannah Guthrie, the present’s co-host, mentioned on the high of the present, her voice shaking with a smile. “Al Roker is back!”
Roker, 68, walked on set on the Rockefeller Plaza studio to embrace Guthrie and co-host Hoda Kotb. His spouse, Deborah Roberts, an ABC Information correspondent, joined the present later and shared extra particulars of how grave her husband’s situation had been.
“It’s not lost on us that this is a major, major thing for Al to be here,” Roberts mentioned. “He is a living, breathing miracle. He really is. And I have to say, I’m not overstating it — I don’t think — Al was a very, very, very sick man. And I think most people did not know that.”
Roberts mentioned Roker’s situation was “a medical mystery” for a pair weeks earlier than a medical staff at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital was capable of finding blood clots in his lungs and legs, which may need began when Roker had COVID-19 in September, and inner bleeding in his ulcers.
The remedies included a significant surgical procedure that eliminated Roker’s gallbladder and a bit of his colon. “I lost half my blood,” Roker mentioned
He beforehand mentioned the expertise had been “the hardest [hospitalization] yet, and you know I’ve had my share of surgeries.”
In 2020, Roker was identified with prostate most cancers, which required a five-hour surgical procedure to take away his prostate. Earlier than that, Roker had operations for 2 knee replacements, gastric bypass, hip substitute, surgical procedures for carpal tunnel and again points.
Roker was first hospitalized in mid-November for blood clots in his legs and lungs. He was discharged in time to have Thanksgiving dinner along with his household, however returned to the hospital days later after experiencing problems.
On Dec. 8, Roker confirmed through social media that he had been launched from the hospital and has since been busy celebrating the vacations along with his household.
“Al didn’t like being vulnerable, in his mind,” mentioned Roberts, who had spent days with her husband on the hospital. “Through that weakness and vulnerability, he showed strength.”
When “Today” co-host Carson Daly requested Roker why he selected Friday for his return, Roker mentioned he was able to come again days earlier on Tuesday, however was denied by the present’s producer.
Roker, after thanking his medical workers, mentioned, “I just knew.”