Legendary US golfer Tiger Woods had the world holding its breath with great concern after it was reported that he was involved in a single-car accident In California.
Tiger Woods accident: Doc delves into injuries suffered
In a statement published on the 45-year-old’s social media accounts, it’s confirmed that Woods underwent a “long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital.”
Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbour-UCLA Medical Center, revealed that the 15-time major golf championship winner is in a stable condition and on course to recover well from a scary accident.
“Mr Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbour-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma centre. Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilised by inserting a rod into the tibia.
“Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilised with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling,” Mahajan explained.
Will Woods be forced to retire?
At the tip of every fan’s tongue is: is this the end of Woods on the greens? Well, based on the prognosis provided by Harbour-UCLA Medical Center, it seems likely that Woods will recover well and that his legs are the only part of his anatomy that requires healing.
It remains to be seen if this accident has affected his posture and swing.
“There are no further updates at this time and we continue to thank you for your well wishes and privacy for him and his family,” the statement concluded.
The golfer had not been discharged from the hospital at the time this article was published.