U2.com has posted that Bono has taken a cycling spill in Central Park which has required surgery. This has put the cabash on the Tonight Show appearance this week. The Edge, Larry, and Adam made the announcement on the band web site this evening:
It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time – we’re one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.
So NO Fallon this week.
We send out our thoughts and prayers to Bono (and company), and hope he has a SPEEDY recovery!
RollingStone posted more details on the accident Bono had on his bike, it was more serious than we though.
While riding his bike through New York’s Central Park on Sunday, the singer attempted to avoid another rider and was involved in what doctors have called a “high energy bicycle accident.” Bono was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department and underwent “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” followed by five hours of surgery.
The singer suffered 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.
According to orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, “[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room…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.” On Monday, Bono underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger.
Here is a full statement from 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
Bono could be looking at 6-9 weeks of recovery, with an additional month or more with intensive therapy, to complete a full recovery.
So how could this effect a tour next year, it’s unclear since nothing has been officially announced, but things where lining up for a late spring/early summer tour start. This would allow a full recovery for Bono in time for a summer tour. But for now we’re just glad that Bono is recouping and hopefully back to his old self soon.
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