Three days after U2 revealed that lead its front man Bono had injured his arm in a cycling accident, which required surgery, the grim details of the singer’s accident and prognosis have been disclosed to the media.
According to the report, while riding his bike through New York’s Central Park on Sunday, Bono attempted to avoid another cyclist, and was subsequently involved in a serious crash.
The singer was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department, where he underwent “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” – followed by five hours of surgery.
Officials say, Bono sustained numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.
A full statement was issued by Dean Lorich, MD on Bono’s condition:
On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider. Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:
1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.
2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.
3. Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.
4. One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.
He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.
Dean Lorich, MD Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special Surgery
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