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KTLA weatherman Mark Kriski to return Monday after long illness (Updated)

Mark KTLA-TV Channel 5 weatherman Mark Kriski, who has been out since November after being stricken with pneumonia and a hospital-borne bacterial infection, is on the mend and is planning to return to the station on Monday.

"I'm doing great, but what a ride it's been," Kriski said Friday during a phone interview from his home. "I''m down a few pounds, and I will have to put on a little weight. But my energy is back and my color is back."

The 20-year veteran, who appears on the "KTLA Morning News," was hospitalized in early November with pneumonia. He later contracted vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), a "super bug" he caught at the hospital, which was resistent to medication and antibiotics. His lungs became so full of fluid they collapsed, and his heart was also in jeopardy.

"The fluid just exploded, and I  had to be placed in the intensive care unit," said Kriski. "I was on the operating table and had to drain all this fluid."

He said he also had to be intubated for almost two weeks and sedated when doctors feared he might get infected. He had to undergo a second operation to remove more fluid.

"It was like a domino effect," said Jennifer Gould, a reporter at KTLA who is Kriski's girlfriend. "His body was like a war zone."

Kriski called his illness "a life and death experience that has given me a new perspective: On one hand, this was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. On the other hand, it is the best thing that has ever happened. You really do start to appreciate the little things in life."

His return to the station will be gradual: Kriski said he will work on the 7 to 10 a.m. edition of the morning news for two or three days a week  while he gains strength.

Don Corsini, president and general manager of KTLA, said, "We are pleased that Mark's health and strength is improving daily, and we all look forward to his return."

[Corrected at 3:15 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Kriski had been incubated for four days, rather than intubated.]

[Corrected at 3:34 p.m : A previous version of this post incorrected stated that Kriski was intubated for four days, instead of two weeks.}

--Greg Braxton

 

 

 

 
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love this guy!

We miss you, Mark! Get well soon!

Mark we are so looking forward to your return and your continuing recovery. I have watched since day one on KTLA News from my office desk every morning. We do love Henry tho there is only one Mark Kriski! Welcome back.

"On one hand, this was the worst thing that has ever happened to me. On the other hand, it is the best thing that has ever happened. You really do start to appreciate the little things in life."

I so TOTALLY get this. I've dealt with multiple major illnesses, most recently a brain tumor, and while its removal and aftermath have been the most difficult thing I've ever experienced, it's also been a blessing. You see things differently after facing something so serious. I'm grateful now for even the smallest things that I used to take for granted, like being able to drive again or go to the supermarket.

Sounds like Mark has a great outlook and is well on his way to a full recovery. All the best!

Glad you are doing better!!! Missed you starting my mornings and wondering what crazy thing you will say or do. Have watched KTLA since the first week aired. May you continue to feel better and enjoy the simple things, that actually mean the most sometimes. Looking forward to having my morning coffee with you and the rest of the gang on Monday morning.
Devoted fan, Tish

Love Mark and am glad to hear he's well enough to return. It'll be good to see him back. But, I'm sure gonna miss Henry. He's really good at what he does and looks good while he does it - nice eye candy for us ladies, and ooh, those dimples.

Hey Mr. Kriski,
didn't think I miss you...but I did. Gald you are better and coming back full force.
Keep makeing us smile.

I wonder what is the real story.

Brian, why don't you put what you think the real story? If you don't, then that means you just need to re-read the story and then you know what it is.

Mark,
I'm really glad your back and I have to say you look fantastic.
Wishing You Everything That Brings You Happiness Today And Always & May God’s Love Be Your Strength, And Give You Peace Forever!

I was so happy to turn on the t.v. this morning and see youre wonderful face... My family and I have been watching KTLA for many years myself at least 18yrs. We have missed you, glad you are on the way to recovery. Stay healthy and be good... lol!!!! The other weather man was nice, but he is no Mark I tell you that...

WOKE THE KIDS UP EXTRA EARLY, I WAS SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU... WE ALL WERE. EVERY WEEK I WOULD TELL MY HUSBAND, MARK STILL NOT BACK. AFTER A WHILE I THINK HE GOT JEALOUS, "OH DONT WORRY PROBALBLY HAD A BAD PLASTIC SURGERY HE WILL BE BACK.... LOL! AND WALK AWAY... BUT I STILL WATCHED AND WAITED... THEN I THINK MY HUSBAND STARTED TO MISS YOU TOO... AND ASKED IS HE BACK YET BABE. MY ANSWER WAS NOT YET... FINALLY, WE DECIEDED TO PRAY TOGETHER AS A FAMILY FOR YOU... SO WE DID... LOVE THE MIRICLES OF OUR LORD WELCOM BACK...

When you're the weatherman in LA, I realize it's pretty much the same everyday, but Mark has been a crank the past few years. He's become the bitter weatherman character from Evan Almighty. Tired of hearing about his divorces, his previous radio career, and failed game show hosting opportunities.

Management should rethink this, Henry DiCarlo has better chemistry with the current line-up.

Hey Mark!!

I have wondered what happened to you!! I've watched you and enjoyed you for years. Sorry for all you have had to endure and I am soooo glad to know you're coming back to good health and will be back on KTLA soon. Looking forward to it!

Welcome back, friend! You've certainly been missed!

Wow, I'm surprised at the couple of comments that weren't needed. I don't know why this wouldn't be a true story.

Anyway, I'm 24 and have watched KTLA since middle school, since I started caring about what I wore and therefore caring about the weather to figure out what to wear to school haha. I'm glad Mark Kriski is back! That new guy was kind of awkward.

Anyway if you don't have anything nice to say about the subject of the article, why even say anything at all. Sheesh!

First if all I am so glad Mark is on the road to recovery.-Cheers!
Secondly I'm writing to get more details regarding this article.

I have an Uncle who in the past week has been hospitalized with pneumonia. They soon discovered the medicine and antibiotics were masking a Super Infection throughout his body which explained why the treatments were pointless.
He has a unknown bacteria that has encapsulated his lungs, CDC has been provided a sample to provide additional ammo to attack this infection.
The doctors treating him, are or have called in specialists from all over to discuss options to treat him. His lungs are at capacity with fluid and they can not keep them drained to my knowledge.
John is his name and his loving compassionate wife Carol has not left his side since she had called an ambulance to pick him up from their home where collapsed over a week ago.
I was hoping to know what steps they took and treatments provided that helped Mark fight this, perhaps it can assist our Uncle John. Little over a year ago he suffered a Heart Attack while cycling and he made it through that and a Heart Surgery to my knowledge so I can only imagine the stress this may be placing his heart under and the heart of all of us who care deeply for his recovery.
We appreciate any assistance and thank you for your time.
~Holly M.

Mark you have a special angel. Continue getter better each day I looked forward to seeing you in the morning. Miss the off the script humor, just love watching you and the rest of the team. The news is depressing these days and we all need humor and laughter. Henry has his own charm and those "dimples" - he is gorgeous! But, we need Mark back!!!! (Sorry Henry - just think you won't have to buy anymore MC'Ds if you run late again)

It was such a blessing to see Mark return to his KTLA family. I went on for weeks wondering where was Mark @?? I thought he was at one of his regularly schedule vacations. LOL! Then when I did not see him come back I started to worry. I thought for a minute that he had traded us for another station like others have. Glad to see that he remains faithful to his KTLA family. I am praying for your fast recovery. I can again begin my mornings with Mark by my side. LOVE YOU LOTS.....

Glad to hear that Mark is back at the station. He is one of the original Morning News crew and the new crew is not as good as the old. I now fluctuate between KTLA Morning News and Good Day L.A.on Fox 11 (which still has their three original anchors). I also like ABC 7 and KCAL 9 as well for news, but their local newscasts don't compete against KTLA Morning News or Good Day L.A.

Very happy to know you are doing better Mark. Fred

 
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