Al Roker has been a familiar face on television for decades at this point. He started working on the Today show in 1996 and since then has been a staple on the show.
His wife Deborah Roberts is popular in her own right. With hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, the ABC News Senior National Affairs Correspondent has some news to confirm…
Recently Al Roker was facing some health problems late last year which had fans all over the world concerned. The Today Show host came back to the show earlier this year and got candid with fans about what had happened.
He shared, “I had two complicating things. I had blood clots that they think came up after I had COVID in September and I had this internal bleeding going on,” Roker shared. “I lost almost half my blood,” he added.
He was first admitted to the hospital in November 2022 for a blood clot in his leg which led to blood clots in his lungs.
At the time he shared he went through some “medical whack-a-mole,” but was “fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery.”
It wasn’t until he sat down with his Today co-hosts that he revealed he suffered internal bleeding and required surgery.
“I went into for one operation, I got four free.”
His medical team at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center discovered two bleeding ulcers. As part of a seven-hour surgery, they resectioned his colon, took out his gallbladder, and redid a part of his small intestine.
“(We) were extraordinarily concerned about Al,” Dr. Felice H. Schnoll-Sussman, Al’s gastroenterologist, told Today. “Extraordinarily concerned. He had a life-threatening experience. I mean, there’s just no doubt about that.”
“He was a medical mystery for a couple of weeks,” Roberts said of her husband’s health scare. “It was the most tumultuous, frightening journey we have ever been on.”
“He is a living, breathing miracle,” she said. “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.”
And now, when everyone thought the worst was over, his wife Deborah Roberts has made a surprise announcement. She took to Instagram with a video talking about needing to take a break. In the video, she says, she “has a frog in her throat” and that she had not been feeling her best.
“Sometimes your body says ‘Enough. It’s time to take a break, recharge, renew’ and I think my body is screaming that right now,” she said.
“So I am going to do just that. I’m going to take a little breather, take a couple of days and try to refresh and recharge.
“Going to sign off social media and just do a little focus on me…I’ll see ya when I see ya.”
She reassured fans that they would see her soon on ABC again next week.
Deborah’s breather from social media is a good reminder that everyone needs to take a break to recharge for a while.
We are so happy that she has prioritized herself and her health. We wish the family the very best of health and wellness. Share this piece with others so they can be updated with this too.