Photo: Ross Kinnaird / Getty
LOD ANGELES, CA, February 24, 2021 ~ Tiger Woods faces a long recovery following emergency leg surgery, after a single-car crash in Los Angeles early Tuesday morning.
Woods suffered from “comminuted open fractures” in both the upper and lower portions of his tibia and fibula, according to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anish Mahajan. This means his right leg was broken in more than two pieces, and the skin was broken, exposing the injury to the open air and potential infection. Woods’ right leg needed to be stabilized, and a rod was inserted into the tibia, as well as screws and pins to stabilize the foot and ankle.
Woods was the only occupant of the vehicle when it crossed two lanes before veering off the road onto a hill, coming to rest on its side. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that charges will not be pursued, as the incident was “purely an accident.”
As of Wednesday night, Tiger Woods was “awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room” according to a statement on his Twitter account.