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Bono’s injuries more serious than originally reported

on November 19, 2014, 8:59am

Doctors have revealed the full extent of injuries sustained by Bono in a bicycle crash last weekend, and it’s much more serious than initially reported.

U2 previously stated that its frontman would need surgery on his arm after he experienced a “cycling spill” in Central Park on Sunday. However, according to Rolling Stone, Bono was actually involved in a “high energy bicycle accident” that resulted in a number of serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm, which broke in six different places and tore through his skin.

Doctor Dean Lorich, the orthopedic trauma surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department, told Rolling Stone that Bono initially underwent “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” followed by five hours of surgery. During surgery, Doctor Lorich inserted three metal plates and 18 screws in his upper arm. On Monday, Doctor Lorich performed a second surgery on Bono’s fractured finger.

In an issued statement, U2 said it expected Bono to make a “full recovery” and plans to “soon” continue support behind its latest album, Songs of Innocence, including a world tour in 2015. Doctor Lorich said he too expects a “full recovery,” but added Bono will “require intensive and progressive therapy.”

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