Golfer Tiger Woods underwent a “long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle” at a Southern California hospital on Tuesday after struggling a number of leg accidents in a single-car rollover crash. Woods’ Twitter account posted an replace Tuesday evening that included a press release from Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Mahajan’s assertion learn, “Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center.”
Comminuted open fractures affecting each the higher and decrease parts of the tibia and fibula bones have been stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia.”
Additional accidents to the bones of the foot and ankle have been stabilized with a mix of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required the surgical launch of the overlaying of the muscle mass to alleviate strain attributable to swelling.
“Woods’ team added that the golfer was “currently awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room.”ESPN and the Los Angeles Times reported earlier within the night that Woodssustained a shattered ankle, a compound fracture in a single leg, and a fracture of the opposite leg. At a press convention Tuesday afternoon, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned there was “no evidence of impairment” on the time of the early-morning crash however that Woods appeared to have been touring at a “relatively greater speed than normal.”
Villanueva mentioned there have been no skid marks or indicators of braking. However, the investigation will take a number of weeks, he mentioned. Authorities mentioned Woods’ accidents weren’t thought of life-threatening.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mentioned deputies responded at roughly 7:12 a.m. to the scene of a rollover within the space between Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes. Woods was extricated from the car by means of the windshield space and brought to the hospital by way of ambulance. Jaws of life weren’t used, officers mentioned later Tuesday.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” mentioned Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent.
Woods was on his method to Rolling Hills Country Club to present a lesson to NFL quarterbacks Drew Brees and Justin Herbert, Fox News and ESPN reported.
The car sustained main injury, authorities mentioned.
Woods was the one occupant of the car.”Because of the scenario and the way in which that you just discovered the car, he wasn’t in a position to open the door and are available out,” Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Henry Narvaez mentioned, per the Times.
“We extricated him, we helped help him out of the car. He was acutely aware and speaking to first responders, officers mentioned.
The crash occurred on a steep and windy half of Hawthorne Boulevard, which runs by means of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
The highway remained closed because the investigation continued.
The Los Angeles Times reported Woods was touring at a excessive charge of velocity earlier than shedding management of the SUV he was driving. His car crossed the middle divider and rolled a number of instances earlier than coming to a cease about 30 yards off the highway, per the report. The car got here to a relaxation on its facet.Woods, 45, is a local of Southern California and the winner of 15 main championships on the PGA Tour.
“We have been made aware of Tiger Woods’ car accident today,” the Tour mentioned in a press release.
“We are awaiting further information when he comes out of surgery. On behalf of the PGA Tour and our players, Tiger is in our prayers and will have our full support as he recovers.”Woods has not performed since December, when he took half within the PNC Championship in Orlando, Fla., along with his son, Charlie, who turned 12 earlier this month. On Dec. 23, Woods had again surgery, his fifth, and mentioned over the weekend that he was not sure whether or not he’d have the ability to play within the Masters Tournament in April.
In 2009, Woods was concerned in an accident when he crashed into a hearth hydrant and a tree exterior his dwelling in central Florida. Woods was arrested in 2017 after police discovered him asleep behind the wheel of his car in Jupiter, Fla. He attributed it to an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications” and was given probation.