World News Tonight coanchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt, both seriously wounded Sunday in a roadside bombing in Iraq, are now back in the United States.
The ABC journalists landed on U.S. soil late Tuesday afternoon to receive further treatment at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Both men suffered head and neck injuries.
According to ABC News, Woodruff is slowly being brought out of sedation, and doctors hope to wean him off a breathing tube in the next few days.
"He's doing great," Woodruff's brother, David Woodruff, said on Good Morning America Wednesday.
"He moved his legs and his arms again when they got him into the Bethesda hospital. He attempted to open his eyes, and that can't be anything but good."
Vogt, who sustained less serious injuries in the explosion, is faring better and continues to show signs of improvement, per his doctors.
"Doug is in better shape than Bob, but the signs that Bob is showing are as good as he can expect with this type of injury," David Woodruff said at a news conference Tuesday at the facility.
It's not known how long the men will remain at the hospital. Doctors at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where the pair had been treated since the blast, said they were surprised at the progress the men had made in their two days there.
While Woodruff has shown increasing signs of consciousness, Vogt has been awake, alert and talking.
"I asked [Vogt] if he was ready to go to Bethesda," Lieutenant Colonel Dr. Peter Sorini told ABC. "And he said he was from Paris and he preferred to go home. So I sort of sense that he had a bit of a sense of humor."
Woodruff and Vogt were transferred to the Naval Medical Center on the advice of military doctors, who said the Maryland facility was better equipped to handle their types of injuries.
The journalists were embedded with Iraqi troops when their convoy triggered an explosive device in Taji, Iraq, 12 miles north of Baghdad, early Sunday. Woodruff and Vogt were filming a report in the open back hatch of the vehicle at the time of the blast.
Both men suffered shrapnel wounds to the head, neck, back and limbs, as well as several broken bones. They immediately underwent surgery in a U.S. military hospital in Balad before being evacuated to Germany.
An Iraqi soldier traveling with the news team was also wounded, though his current condition is unknown.
"We want to see them recover and return to what he loves to do," David Woodruff said. "Maybe not back to Iraq, but certainly I know he'll want to get back to what he's always wanted to do."
In the meantime, GMA anchors Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will fill in for Woodruff on the evening broadcast, alternating with World News Tonight coanchor Elizabeth Vargas.