Al Roker hospitalized for blood clot recovers: ‘I’m so lucky’


Al Roker was off the ‘Today’ show after suffering a blood clot.

The 68-year-old longtime meteorologist announced on Instagram earlier this month that he was recently hospitalized for a “medical whack-a-mole” and is now recovering.

His NBC colleague and meteorologist Dylan Dreyer represented Roker at the televised 96th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Thursday.

Shortly after the parade began, Dreyer got a call from President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, and was watching the Thanksgiving parade from home like millions of other Americans. They asked how his Roker was doing, and she assured them he was doing “awesome.”

“Last week I was hospitalized with a blood clot in my leg and a blood clot in my lungs,” he wrote earlier this month in an Instagram post containing a bouquet of flowers and an NBC mug. I feel so lucky to be on my way, thank you for all the luck and prayers and hope to see you soon.”

The co-anchor of the “Today” show sent Roker a wish in the comments.

“You are the strongest person we know. We will miss you and see you soon,” wrote Savannah Guthrie

Craig Melvin writes:

Roker’s wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts, wrote that she was “grateful” for the “first-class medical care” and “prayer warriors around the corner” her husband received.

Blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis, commonly occur in the legs, but can also occur in the arms, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. It can block blood flow to the lungs.

Roker has been sitting on the weather desk of the “Today” show since 1996 and has been transparent about past medical issues.

In 2020, Roker made public prostate cancer diagnoses to shine a spotlight on the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“If caught early, this is truly a treatable disease. That’s why I wanted to take you on my journey so we can all be men in our lives. Together we can learn how to educate and protect . Because I’m fine

Roker underwent surgery in November 2020 and went home feeling relieved.

“(I’m) grateful for all the thoughts and wishes from the viewers and the wonderful care package from my colleagues. See you soon,” he wrote on Twitter at the time.

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