Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods, arguably the greatest golfer of all time, has conquered three knee operations, five major back surgeries, and one hell of a messy divorce.
With all he has already overcome, it seems the beloved 15-time major winner will face yet another insurmountable obstacle, as the famed golfer has been in a terrible car accident just outside Los Angeles.
Breakdown Of The Frightening Accident
Tiger sustained significant leg injuries during a single-vehicle rollover on a stretch of road that is known for speeding and accidents. Being there is absolutely no evidence of impairment, there will be no charges made after the accident.
The 82 time PGA winner was pulled through the front window of the Genesis SUV after authorities arrived on the scene to find Woods “lucid and calm” but most likely in shock, as he didn’t seem too concerned with his severe injuries.
County Sheriff Alex Villanueva stated Woods was traveling at a “relatively greater speed than normal” when the SUV veered onto the wrong side of the road before veering off the road and onto a hillside at approximately 7:15 a.m. A neighbor who witnessed the crash quickly called 911 to alert the appropriate authorities.
Doctors Explain Tigers’ Injuries & Latest Surgery
Anish Mahajan, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Centre, details the injuries in a statement posted to Woods’ Twitter account. Tiger shattered the tibia and fibula bones of his lower right leg, as well as his foot and ankle.
Shockingly, sources tell us the bones penetrated the skin and were sticking out of his leg after the intense collision. Open, also called compound fractures, can easily become infected, eventually leading to amputation, which would be even more devastating to Tiger, his family, as well as fans all over the world.
Dr. Mahajan has attempted to stabilize the Tibia by inserting a rod, which essentially reconnects the knee and ankle. “Additional injuries to the bones in the foot and ankle required screws and pins,” Dr. Mahajan added.
“This is a very, very severe injury,” Dr. Kirk A. Campbell, sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, told people magazine.
“Not only are the bones broken, but they came through the skin, which places one at a high risk of infection.” Campbell goes on to explain that Tiger had a fasciotomy due to the amount of swelling in his leg, meaning the muscles in Woods’ leg were swelling to the point where they could deal serious damage to the surrounding arteries and nerves. To relieve this pressure, an incision was made in his leg.
As if the 45-year-old hasn’t already been through enough, it sounds like Tiger will likely face many more surgeries on his leg and ankle in the weeks to come.
The Long Road To Recovery. Again
Two of Canada’s top orthopedic surgeons also provided their opinion on the matter. “It’s a pretty devastating injury,” said Dr. Peter Dryden of Victoria, B.C. “He’ll have a long road back.” This ‘road’ is estimated to be at least 6 months, which is just to stand and walk again, so it may be a little early to ask ourselves if the greatest golfer to ever live will return to his previous form, let alone golf competitively again.
There will be a lot of rehabilitation necessary for Woods, as the muscles will atrophy as he waits for his injuries to heal. While the leg was of major immediate concern, multiple doctors have indicated the ankle could prove to be the larger problem in the future.
“A worst case would be that the (ankle) joint doesn’t work properly,” said Dr. Jason Smith of the Scarborough Health Network in Toronto. “There’s a lot going on there. It would be easy for arthritis to set in there,” he added.
Even though Tiger recently had spine surgery, he is still in fantastic shape, which will help as he recovers under the care of the best doctors in the world.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tiger and his family. We wish him a swift rehabilitation and hope he makes a full recovery. If Tiger Woods can reanimate his former glory after this terrible crash, it would undoubtedly be the greatest comeback in the history of sports.
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