- 19 Nov 14
The U2 singer's humerus – the largest bone in the arm – was driven through his skin following his bicycle accident in New York.
The full extent of the severity of Bono's cycling accident in Central Park on Sunday has come to light. The injuries the Irish singer sustained included his left humerus bone (essentially the upper arm) shattering in six places and tearing through his skin, a facial fracture close to his eye and three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade.
The accident occurred when Bono swerved to avoid another cyclist. He was immediately taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. He then underwent five hours of surgery as three metal plates and 18 screws were inserted into his face and arm.
Dean Lorich, MD, has released a full statement:
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