A British TV journalist who shares three children with his Australian wife has revealed the shocking extent of his injuries after being caught in an attack by Russian forces in Ukraine.
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall, who was seriously injured when he was shot outside kyiv while reporting on the war in Ukraine, has revealed he lost limbs in the conflict, but feels “very lucky” to be alive.
The British father-of-three – who is married to Australian businesswoman Alicia Meller – was working with cameraman Pierre Zakrzewski and Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshinova when their vehicle was hit by artillery fire from Russian troops near kyiv March 16.
Mr Zakrzewski and Ms Kuvshinova – who worked as a consultant for the channel – both died in the attack.
In his first post since his injury, Mr Hall described the shocking extent of his injuries.
“In summary, I lost half a leg on one side and a foot on the other. A hand is being put together, an eye isn’t working and my hearing is pretty blown out… but overall I feel pretty damn lucky to be here – and it’s the people who brought me here who are amazing! he tweeted with a photo of himself on Thursday.
The photo showed Hall wearing a patch over his left eye as he smiled from a hospital bed.
After the attack, Hall was evacuated out of the country and transported to a Texas hospital, where he underwent multiple surgeries for his injuries. Hall paid tribute to his two colleagues in another tweet Thursday with a photo of Zakrzewski, who was reportedly a close friend of the reporter.
“More than three weeks have passed since the attack in Ukraine and I wanted to start sharing everything. But first I must pay tribute to my colleagues Pierre and Sasha who did not come that day,” he wrote.
“Pierre and I traveled the world together, working was his joy and his joy was contagious. TO TEAR.”
Mr. Zakrzewski was a seasoned war photographer, having worked for Fox in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. He helped Afghans who had worked for Fox News during the US military campaign in Afghanistan flee after the Taliban takeover, according to FNC CEO Suzanne Scott.
Originally published as Fox News reporter injured in Kyiv reveals shocking extent of his injuries: ‘I lost half a leg’