Golf superstar Tiger Woods issued a statement after surviving a violent solo crash on a steep downhill suburban road in Los Angeles. He underwent surgery for multiple leg injuries at the University of California Trauma Center.
“We thank everyone for their overwhelming support and messages during this difficult time,” Tiger Woods said in a statement on Twitter.
“As previously reported, Tiger was involved in a car accident earlier this morning in California. He underwent a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being taken to hospital.
“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower limb, which were treated during emergency surgery by orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. The fibula bones were stabilized by the introduction of stick in shin. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscles and soft tissues of the leg required surgical release of the muscle coating to relieve the pressure due to swelling – Dr. Anish Mahajan, Chief Medical Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Harbor Medical Center-UCLA. “
Woods is “awake, responsive and recovering,” the statement said.
“He’s awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room right now. Thanks to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at UCLA Harbor Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Fire Department. Your support and help has been overwhelming.
“There are currently no further updates and we continue to thank you for your wishes and privacy for him and his family.”
Woods was on his way to a photo shoot with GOLFTV, owned by Discovery, and was alone in his silver SUV when it crashed a few minutes after 7 p.m. He crossed two opposite lanes and rolled over several times before stopping. No other cars were involved in the Woods crash.