Golfing legend Tiger Woods was injured in a rollover car crash in Southern California Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said. Emergency personnel extricated Woods from the vehicle using the “jaws of life.”
Hospital officials say Tiger Woods is awake and responsive following emergency surgery after the terrifying rollover car crash.
According to a statement posted to Tiger’s Twitter account, the golfing legend underwent a lengthy procedure on his right leg and ankle, and he is currently awake and recovering.
“We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time,” the statement read. “As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident earlier this morning in California. He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital.”
The Twitter post quoted Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Chief Medical Officer and Interim CEO Anish Mahajan, who said Tiger “suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity.”
This included open fractures to his tibia and fibula bones that required the insertion of a rod, injuries to the foot and angle treated with screws and pins, and trauma to his muscle and soft tissue necessitating release of the muscular covering.
“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room,” the statement continued. “Thank you to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the Fire Department. Your support and assistance has been outstanding.”