Fox News foreign correspondent Benjamin Hall has just recently unveiled what saved his life as he dealt with his very first on-air interview in the wake of an explosive blast that took place just outside of Kyiv, Ukraine, which resulted in the deaths of a pair of his colleagues and nearly resulted in his death as well.
Hall stood alongside hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade as part of the broadcast of “Fox & Friends” from late last week in order to speak up about his experience, his ongoing recovery, and the nine words he says ended up saving his life.
Back on the 14th of March, 2022, Hall was severely injured as part of a Russian assault that resulted in the deaths of Ukrainian producer Oleksandra Kuvshynova and Fox News cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski. He eventually ended up losing both feet, part of a leg, the use of one of his hands, and total vision in one of his eyes — however, as part of the interview late last week, he unveiled just what had kept him going and maintained his will to live, to make it home, and to make sure he got back to his job of broadcasting.
Giving thanks to everyone who had sent out the tsunami of prayers and kind words, Hall stated that the number one key to his successful recovery was a simple one: “I think that when you’ve gone through something like I’ve gone through, the highs, the lows, you have to have a target, you have to get something to fight for.”
He continued his tale to go into detail about the first few seconds following the blast, directly after everything around him had “gone dark,” by receiting a bit from his soon to release memoir: “Saved: A War Reporter’s Mission To Make It Home.”
If I had the slightest iota of consciousness, it was a distant sense of shock waves and the feeling that every part of my body — bones, organs, sinew, my soul — had been knocked out of me. I was all but dead but improbably, out of this crippling nothingness, a figure came through, and I heard a familiar voice, as real as anything I’d ever known. “Daddy, you’ve got to get out of the car.”
Hall stated that in that moment, he could only see his daughters — and he slowly crawled his way out of the damaged vehicle. Just as he managing to drag himself out, another massive shell slammed directly into the car.
“They brought me back, and I found the strength. I opened my eyes and managed to crawl out of the car. And then the third bomb hit the car itself. If it weren’t for them bringing me back, there is no way I would be here today,” he stated.
Over the course of the months that followed, Hall explained the highly risky operation that managed to use civilians to get him out of the country — and gave credit to the military hospitals at Landstuhl Air Force Base in Germany and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, for rebuilding him in both body and mind.