In the early hours of September 1st, comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, was involved in a major road traffic accident and had sustained life-threatening injuries.
Hart was accompanied in the vehicle by 2 other people and managed to escape the written-off car, which had been rolled over onto its back, to find help.
Though it is a miracle that no one died, Hart and his friend, Jared Black, did suffer major back injuries.
Quite understandably, Kevin has remained quiet during his recovery period, and only his wife has offered a small insight into how he's been coping.
Hart made his first public appearance this Sunday, accepting the Comedy Act Award for his Netflix special Irresponsible at the E! People's Choice Awards.
Kevin Hart was involved in a horrific car accident.
via: GettyIn the early hours of September 1st, reports of a major car accident in Malibu began flooding in.
The crash happened in Hart's vintage 1970 Plymouth Barracuda...
Though on the fateful night, Hart wasn't actually driving his car.reports, the vehicle was been driven by Hart's friend, Jared Black, twenty-eight, in the West Valley.
Hart was in the passenger seat of his vehicle.
Jared Black lost control of the vehicle.
This is when the vehicle skidded off the road.
Skid marks on Mulholland where Kevin Hart’s car went thru fence/down ravine. He & driver injured/hospitalized. Othe… https://t.co/V2rToVKo1g— Greg Mills (@Greg Mills)1567372914.0
Pictures of the scene quickly emerged...
This is where @KevinHart4real’s car went off the road into a ditch in Calabasas. The comedian turned actor was not… https://t.co/3HTgWR1oQl— Carlos Saucedo (@Carlos Saucedo)1567399017.0
The damages to Hart's car were devastating, and quite simply shocking.
BUZZ BITES: @KevinHart4real Car Crash! Police have confirmed Kevin was not driving at the time of the accident. The… https://t.co/GP7yvUFnV0— BUZZ (@BUZZ)1567366700.0
The passengers were left trapped in the smashed-up vehicle.
via: GettyAnd Hart was the first to emerge from the vehicle in the search for medical attention and help. He was then picked up by a member of his security team before being taken to the hospital.
However, Jared Black was found pinned to his seat.
via: TwitterAnd the fire department had to saw off the roof to get him out. He was then reportedly airlifted to UCLA Westwood hospital.
Luckily, his fiance escaped with minor injuries.
Though Hart and Black haven't been so lucky.
The influence of drugs or alcohol was immediately ruled out.
.@CHPWestValley officials confirm actor/comedian @KevinHart4real was seriously injured after a friend, who was driv… https://t.co/VCMMEwQVh8— Cooper Rummell (@Cooper Rummell)1567369580.0
News of the extent of Kevin's injuries began flooding in...
via: GettyIt has been revealed that Hart underwent major spinal surgery on Sunday evening, just hours after the crash. He fractured his spine in 3 different places.
The surgery attempted to fix the fractures.
via: GettySources told TMZ that the surgery on the night of the accident involved fusing 2 fractures in his upper back and 1 in his lower.
Kevin was reportedly in a lot of pain.
via: GettyAlthough the surgery was a success, Kevin was going through hell. The source told TMZ that he has to be heavily medicated because the pain was just too intense.
These types of fractures have been known to have life-changing effects.
via: GettyLumbar fractures can often result in, at least, difficulties walking, and, at worst... partial paralysis of the arms or legs.
However, Kevin's doctors have remained hopeful about a full recovery.
via: GettyLuckily for Kevin, his doctors reportedly expect him to make a full recovery, but it's going to be a long and grueling journey as he faces months of rehabilitation to get himself back onto his feet.
Kevin was absent from social media for nearly 2 months.
via: GettySince the accident, Hart, quite understandably, remained quiet.
Following his surgery, the actor has been going through intense rehabilitation.
via: GettyWith the looming risk of permanent paralysis, Hart's team of doctors were quick to get him straight back on the mend.
And now, nearly 2 months on from the accident...
via: GettyAll the hard work seems to be finally paying off.
Kevin spoke out regarding his recovery...
via: GettyAnd he seems to be well and truly on the mend.
He shared a video to his Instagram page...
The emotional video also showed footage of his recovery...
And in the video, Hart explains how the accident has changed his perspective on life.
He also added some heartfelt wisdom.
Fans were surprised to see Hart at the awards.
via: GettyDespite becoming more vocal on social media no-one was expecting to see Hart making public appearances just yet.
Hart had the support of his family.
via: GettyWith his wife, Eniko Parrish and daughter Hendrix Hart by his side, Kevin accepted the award for Best Comedy Act 2019.
The outpouring of support from the audience moved Hart.
Woke up this morning on cloud 9....I just want to say thank you to all of my fans. Honestly love you guys. Looking… https://t.co/6FZmosY2VF— Kevin Hart (@Kevin Hart)1573491333.0
Robert Downey Jr. presented Hart with his award.
via: GettyThe Wolverine actor presented the award and Hart came out to a standing ovation.
Fans were happy to see Hart back on his feet.
@KevinHart4real You the man Kev! Congrats on the Peoples Choice Award! Great to see you up and walking!!— 💥 JEFFRYOTC💥 (@💥 JEFFRYOTC💥)1573438333.0
Hart gave thanks to God.
via: GettyHart began his acceptance speech by saying: "First and foremost, man, thank God because I definitely don't have to be here."
You can watch his full acceptance speech here:
& Kevin Hart's speech. https://t.co/8sBOrLLdbp— 💕RDJ JPN💕 (@💕RDJ JPN💕)1573445862.0
It seems Hart is certainly on the mend.
Kevin Hart with the courtside handles. https://t.co/t59rKAjLCb— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet)1573535100.0