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Dr. Charles Krauthammer is a rare political commentator. The Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and psychiatrist has led a storied career through his persuasive use of reason, rather than the resort to hyperbole so common in today's media.

Krauthammer has also been missing for weeks from his vaunted position at Fox News.

On Thursday, chief political anchor Bret Baier addressed the beloved conservative's absence:

“Before we leave, one quick update,” Baier said. “Hundreds of you, literally hundreds have emailed, tweeted, or posted questions to me about the status of our colleague, Charles Krauthammer.”

“Charles had a pre-planned surgery his doctors said he needed,” he continued. “He expected a speedy recovery but ran into some complications post-surgery.”

“He is still in the hospital,” Baier added, “making slow, steady progress and recovery.”

“He desperately wants to come back to the panel as soon as possible,” he added, “Believe me, I speak to or email with his wife Robby almost every day. And I share your thoughts and prayers.”

Dr. Krauthammer suffered a cervical injury from a diving accident while he was in medical school at age 22. He would be hospitalized for 14 months. The life-altering injury didn't keep him from finishing medical school or from leading a storied career in journalism.

Fans of the commentator poured out their well-wishes and prayers for the good doctor:

Baier provided further information on the expected return of Krauthammer to Fox News.

“It will likely be a few more weeks,” Baier said. “And yes, he does get to watch his Washington Nationals first game of the playoffs against the Cubs, tomorrow night, so we’re pulling for him.”

“And thanks for asking about his status,” he added, “he’ll be back here soon, I’m sure.”

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