This is how Benjamin Hall, the war correspondent who lost a leg in Ukraine and underwent 30 operations, is today

Benjamin Hall presents a book titled “Saved” (Instagram)

In the last 15 years, the British journalist Benjamin Hall became one of the most recognized faces reporting from the dangerous places where the major international conflicts. Last year, his experience led him to Ukraineto work as a correspondent for foxnews. there it was seriously injured exactly one year ago: suffered the loss of a leg on one side and a foot on the otheras well as the function of a hand and an eye.

With 30 operations, continues to try to adjust to his new life with prostheses and caneswith the support of his wife Alicia and her daughters, who she can now enjoy more time at home. In an interview with the magazine PEOPLEprior to the publication of his memoirs, Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Make It Home (Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission to Get Back Home), Hall described his difficult road to recovery.

“I look at my wounds and they don’t worry me in the slightest, because I’m here with my family.”

This moving video summarizes the different stages of his recovery and has been published on his Instagram account:

Hall understood the risk involved in traveling to the Ukraine to cover the war, but he also understands that “the only way to tell a good story is to be there”. The correspondent was injured when he was returning to kyiv with his vehicle after taking pictures in a city near the capital. The car was hit by a russian missile burst that ended the life of the cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski52, and the Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova.

“It is with great sadness and regret that we share the news of the death this morning of our beloved cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski. Pierre died in Horenka, on the outskirts of kyiv,” Suzanne Scott, CEO of Kiev, said in a statement. foxnews.

Scott explained that Zakrzewski and Hall, who had been in the Ukraine since early February, were gathering information when their vehicle was shot at.

Zakrzewski was a veteran war reporter that covered multiple war conflicts, including Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

“I lost limbs and am seriously injured, but they lost everything”declared Hall to PEOPLE. About Zakrzewski, he described him as a great man and his mentor: “His love of life, his absolute generosity, his kindness and his adventure.”

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War zone veteran Pierre Zakrzewski was working with correspondent Benjamin Hall when incoming fire struck his vehicle on the outskirts of kyiv.

Hall was saved when a passerby found him injured on the ground. He was rushed to a kyiv hospital until foxnews found out about his condition. The company began contacting people from all over the world to get get him out of Ukraine and into a US Army hospital. Finally, she recovered alone in a hospital in Texaswithout your family, to be free of distractions and more motivated to shorten your stay.

His wife Alicia revealed to PEOPLE how was the decision to tell their young daughters what had happened to their father. “She didn’t want to tell the girls anything until we knew for sure she was going to be okay. I didn’t want them to worry about having an accident and then not being able to give them any answers,” he said.

Finally, Hall spoke to his daughters on the phone, so they wouldn’t worry about their father’s physical condition. The correspondent returned to his London home on August 2022, just in time to celebrate her eldest daughter’s seventh birthday. Now he does not get tired of thanking for the luck he has to stay alive to see them grow and enjoy by your side. That was precisely the only wish of him during his road to recovery.

“Now I look at the world with much more confidence. You could throw absolutely anything at me and I know I’ll get through it.”Hall assured.

“I feel a real physical emotion like you have never felt before: an absolutely physical feeling of love”, he described PEOPLE about the time he has spent with his wife and daughters since the accident. “Every time I look at them, I now feel that.”

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