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Extent of U2 singer Bono's injuries from bike crash worse than previously thought

New details are emerging about the extent of Bono’s injuries after he crashed his bicycle in New York City on Sunday.

The U2 frontman underwent five hours of emergency surgery and had 18 screws and three metal plates implanted to repair a shattered bone in his left arm, his surgeon told Rolling Stone magazine.

Dr. Dean Lorich said the singer was admitted to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department “where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired.”

He also fractured his shoulder blade and a bone near his left eye.

Dr. Lorich expects Bono to make a full recovery, but he will require “intensive and progressive” therapy.

The full statement, as given to Rolling Stone reads:

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