Tiger Woods is awake, responsive and recovering in a Los Angeles-area hospital after he was involved in a single-vehicle accident on Tuesday, according to a tweet from Tiger Woods’s official Twitter account.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer and interim CEO of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, confirmed in the statement that Woods suffered “suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.”
“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized with a combination by inserting a rod into the tibia,” Mahajan said. “Additional injures to the bones and of the foot and ankle were stabilized 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.”
The Los Angeles Times reported that the 15-time Major champion was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of the vehicle before crossing the center divider. Fire crews had to use the jaws of life to get him out of his SUV.
He was the only one in the vehicle.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said Woods was conscious and able to identify himself when he first arrived on the scene. Woods wearing his seatbelt and the features of his vehicle likely saved his life.