Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall shared his first update on Thursday since being injured in a blast outside Kyiv while reporting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying despite the fact that he’s lost both feet, a leg, an eye and most of his hearing, he feels ‘pretty damn lucky to be here.’
The British journalist was reporting outside of Kyiv when the vehicle he was traveling in was hit by a bomb blast, killing his 55-year-old veteran cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and their producer Oleksandra ‘Sasha’ Kurshynova, 24.
Hall tweeted a photo of himself sitting as he recovers in a hospital bed, along with a post explaining the nature of his wounds.
‘To sum it up, I’ve lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other,’ Hall began.
‘One hand is being put together, one eye is no longer working, and my hearing is pretty blown… but all in all I feel pretty damn lucky to be here – and it is the people who got me here who are amazing!’ Hall wrote.
Benjamin Hall was badly injured revealing on Twitter that he ‘lost sight in one eye, half a leg on one side and a foot on the other’
Mr Hall has three daughters with his wife Alicia Meller, an Australian fashion businesswoman
Hall together with his wife and three daughters are pictured on a family vacation
Pierre Zakrzewski (right) and Oleksandra Kuvshynova (centre) were killed in Ukraine while they were travelling in a vehicle involved in the same attack which left a British journalist injured
Hall, 39, was rushed to a hospital in Ukraine with serious injuries following the attack by Russian forces but evacuated from the country days after being involved in the attack and taken to a hospital in Texas where he underwent several surgeries on his injuries.
Hall has been married to his wife, Alicia Meller, an Australian fashion businesswoman, for almost seven years and share three young daughters who regularly appear on their father’s Instagram. The family live in Washington D.C.
Meller works for an Australian fashion and shoe brand, Senso, which her parents founded in 1979.
She joined the company in 2010 along with her two sisters, Imogen and Skye, and is in charge of international development.
Hall, meanwhile, has worked for the New York-based network since 2015. Hall, a dual citizen of Britain and the US, often covers the US State Department for the network.
The journalist has also worked for the BBC, ITN and Channel 4 and written for The Times, The Sunday Times, The New York Times and Agence France Presse.
Benjamin Hall is a married father-of-three from London who has worked for Fox since 2015
Bronze Star recipient Dr. Richard Jadick, 56, the most decorated combat doctor from the war in Iraq described rescuing Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was wounded by Russian forces in the fighting outside Kyiv and trapped in the combat zone
Last month, a decorated Naval doctor described how he rescued Hall, who was trapped in the combat zone in need of urgent medical care.
Bronze Star recipient Dr. Richard Jadick, 56, the most decorated combat doctor from the war in Iraq, told Fox News that he was teaching a course in Tennessee when he was called by combat rescue organization Save Our Allies that they needed his help evacuating Americans.
‘I got the call, headed home. Got myself packed, got on an airplane and let my family know where I was going,’ Jadick said. ‘It was later on in the week that we got the call to move to Kyiv, that we had to evacuate a critically wounded patient.’
That patient turned out to be Hall.
‘I was there at the right place and at the right time,’ said Jadick, humbly.
Jadick first flew in to Poland, but when he heard that the reporter needed his help, he didn’t hesitate to parachute into the combat zone.
He arrived at the hospital where Hall was being treated and introduced himself.
‘I saw Ben and I looked at him I said “Ben, you don’t know me, my name is Rich Jadick, I’m a surgeon, I’m here to get you out of here.”
Hall was eager to cooperate.
‘When do you want to go?’ Jadick said the newsman replied.
‘I said we’re going to go in about 20 minutes, we’re going to get you packaged up and we’re going to find a way to get you out of here,’ he said.
Jadick said he was struck by the resolve of the Ukrainian people, especially an orthopedic surgeon who guarded the hospital with an AK-47 at night and operated on the wounded during the day.
‘I really can’t say enough about this orthopedic surgeon,’ he said.
‘We were going to do some cases the next day,’ Jadick said, but things got hot and they had to evacuate immediately. ‘We got the word that we had to get out that night, so I said “Ben, we’re moving.”‘
Alongside news of his recovery, Hall also shared information about his colleagues who lost their lives during the attack in Horenka, Irish cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski, 55, pictured
Benjamin Hall, 39, had been reporting for Fox News from Ukraine on the Russian invasion
Irish cameraman Pierre Zakrewski died along with producer Oleksandra Kurshynova in the attack. They were both working with Hall
Alongside news of his recovery, Hall also shared information about his colleagues who lost their lives during the attack in Horenka.
‘Its been over three weeks since the attack in Ukraine and I wanted to start sharing it all. But first I need to pay tribute to my colleagues Pierre and Sasha who didn’t make it that day. Pierre and I traveled the world together, working was his joy and his joy was infectious. RIP,’ Hall tweeted together with a photograph of Zakrzewski.
Zakrzewski, who was based in London, had dual French and Irish citizenship and been working in Ukraine since February.
‘He was a warm-hearted traveler who provoked beautiful encounters, he was very humble and human and had not lost any of his sensitivity over the years,’ a member of his family said.
Zakrzewski also had a long relationship with Afghanistan, where he had covered decades of conflict, from the war against the Soviets to the return of the Taliban.
Fox News said Zakrzewski had played a ‘key role’ in getting the network’s Afghan freelance associates and their families out of the country after the US withdrawal.
Fox cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski (left) was killed and reporter Benjamin Hall (right) seriously injured when the vehicle they were traveling in was struck by incoming fire
It also said he was given an ‘Unsung Hero’ award at the company’s annual employee Spotlight Awards in December.
‘Pierre was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria during his long tenure with us,’ Fox’ Suzanne Scott said in a statement.
‘His passion and talent as a journalist were unmatched.’
He is survived by his wife Michelle, a documentary filmmaker and producer, his family member said.
Kuvshynova, 24, had earned a reputation for being ‘hard-working, funny, kind and brave’ while working with the Fox crew to cover the conflict.
‘Her dream was to connect people around the world and tell their stories and she fulfilled that through her journalism,’ Scott said.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said he was ‘deeply disturbed and saddened’ by the deaths of Zakrzewski and his colleague.
‘My thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow journalists,’ Martin said on Twitter at the time. ‘We condemn this indiscriminate and immoral war by Russia on Ukraine.’
Pierre Zakrzewski (left) and Benjamin Hall (right) worked together in Kabul for Fox last year
Zakrzewski was a war zone photographer who covered nearly every international story for Fox News from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria