Tiger Woods' doctors have spoken out about the severity of his injuries following his shock car crash yesterday.
Here's the full story...
Since the harrowing ordeal, people have been sending in their messages of well-wishes and hope.
Sending my prayers to @TigerWoods and his family tonight—here’s to a speedy recovery for the GOAT of golf. If we’ve learned anything over the years, it’s to never count Tiger out.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 24, 2021
Tiger Woods, a golfer, has suffered more injuries to more body parts than most NFL players I've known. If ANYone can come back from today's horrible leg/ankle injuries, and win again, even another major, it is Tiger Woods. All-time mental/physical toughness. Pulling for him.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) February 24, 2021
Heal up quickly @TigerWoods! Praying for you and your family. God is in control always. Stay strong— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 23, 2021
Prayers up for the GOAT @TigerWoods who was in an accident this morning. Was just with him yesterday. Don’t take not even a MOMENT for granted! I know you’re good because your Tiger within is a beast!!!— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) February 23, 2021
Another challenge for #TigerWoods - one I am positive he will also overcome. People like Tiger don't give up. They have the determination & grit that sets them apart from others. He will heal physically & he will set about being his best self again. I wish him a speedy recovery.— Chris Harris (@chrisharrisreal) February 24, 2021
Gutted to hear about #TigerWoods and his car crash. Thankfully he is okay. The greatest golfer theres ever been. Hopefully he gets back on the greens soon🤞— Rana Atteeq Anwer (@AtteeqAnwer) February 24, 2021
Thoughts are with @TigerWoods. Hope it’s not as serious as appears. 🤞🏻🤞🏻— Gary Lineker 💙 (@GaryLineker) February 23, 2021
Now, we all know Tiger Woods as one of the greatest golf players of all time...
And alongside ranking second in the men's major championships and holding numerous golf records, Woods is highly regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time.
Of course, the golfer is never far away from controversy...
And has been embroiled in shocking infidelity and DUI scandals over the years.
But regardless of these incidents...
Woods remains to be a highly respected name and has earned numerous awards and honorees throughout his career, with the most recent being the Presidential Medal of Freedom which was granted to him by the former president, Donald Trump, in 2019.
The golfing pro is a very much loved figure globally...
Which is what makes this week's news all the more shocking.
The forty-five-year-old was involved in a car crash yesterday morning on February 23rd.
The Daily Mail reported that he was driving near Rancho Palos Verdes in Los Angeles when his vehicle flipped over at around 7.12 am.
He appeared to have then careered off the road uphill, landing on a grassy verge.
It was reported that to get Woods out of the wreckage, firefighters used a device known as the "jaws of life" to break open the car.
His agent, Mark Steinberg, released a short statement to Golf Digest:
"Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support."
Shocking images soon emerged of the car wreckage...
UPDATE: Tiger Wood's smashed-up car as shown on local LA TV.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 23, 2021
His agent says Tiger is now in surgery after suffering 'multiple leg injuries' in a single-car accident. Looks like it rolled over off the road and down into a ditch. pic.twitter.com/BiT3wtNp3g
And it was quickly confirmed that nobody else was involved in the accident.
Woods' vehicle, a 2021 mid-size SUV bearing the logo of his Genesis Invitational tournament, traveled "several hundred feet from the center divider" and sustained "major damage."
"The front end was totally destroyed, bumpers destroyed, airbags deployed – thankfully the interior was more or less intact, which gave him the cushion to survive what would otherwise have been a fatal crash," Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
This means that the golfer is very lucky to be alive.
Woods immediately went into surgery at Harbor UCLA Medical Centre...
Where he immediately underwent emergency surgery.
A statement has since been released...
"As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident early 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 statement explained.
"He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room."
But now, Woods' doctors have given a grizzly insight into the severity of his injuries.
As reported by TMZ, doctors have confirmed that the sportsman has suffered comminuted open fractures in his right leg - meaning the bone was shattered in at least 2 places and broken through the skin.
Dr. Anish Mahajan, the Chief Medical Officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said this:
"Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopaedic trauma specialists."
He then explained that Woods' injuries were stabilized by rods, screws, and pins.
"Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia."
The injuries to his right ankle and foot were stabilized "with a combination of screws and pins."
We wish Tiger Woods a speedy recovery.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.