Tiger Woods ‘may never get mobility back' after crash, doc warns – despite recovering from past horrific injuries
TIGER Woods "may never get his mobility back" after his crash, a doctor has warned.
The 45-year-old golf ace was pulled from the wreckage of an SUV he was driving before being transferred to hospital by paramedics in Los Angeles.
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Doctors said Woods suffered "comminuted" fractures in the upper and lower parts of the tibia and fibula – meaning the breaks had led to bone splintering.
They fitted metal rods, screws and pins to his shattered right shinbone and calf bone following the crash.
He was this morning said to be "awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room" as footage of him emerged behind the wheel which was filmed just before the crash.
However, NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres told TODAY on Wednesday that the road to recovery is not looking easy.
"He has around six weeks of recovery just from the fractures," the doctor said.
"If he had to get that ankle fused, or if he had any big procedures done to that ankle that are going to limit mobility, that's going to take longer to recover.
"He truly might never get back that mobility he had before," he said, "which could definitely impact the way he plays."
He had emergency surgery last night after firefighters had to cut him from wreckage at an accident hotspot in Rancho Palos Verdes shortly after 7.15am on Tuesday.
Woods reportedly hit a raised central reservation at "speed", smashed through a street sign, hit a tree and then flipped a $50,000 Genesis GV80 SUV several times.
The 15-time major winner cheated death as the life-saving airbags deployed in his Geneis courtesy car after it careered off the road at high speed and flipped several times just after 7am, LA officials said.
It has been reported he was running around 30 minutes late to meet Drew Brees and Justin Herbert for a lesson and photoshoot at the time.
One source said when Woods entered his car to get away, he had to wait as another car blocked his while it loaded luggage.
Once the car moved, Woods "took off fast", say the reports.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, one crew member said staffers were left shaken after Woods nearly hit the car being driven by the show's director as he dashed away
"He really did nearly hit the director's car, too, when he left this morning, which shook us up because of Tiger crashing his car before", the source added.
They added: "it's just a coincidence" that Woods was staying at the Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes along with the Freeform show's crew, as he "isn't part of the production at all."
"When we arrived here yesterday some of the guys were talking about Tiger staying here, too, and they were quite excited about it."
Upon hearing that minutes after their encounter with Woods, the star athlete had been involved in a severe crash, the staffer said the whole set was affected.
"We're upset by what's happened," they said. "Tiger's surgery sounds major from what we've heard."
Woods underwent a fifth operation of his fused back just last month, and admitted on Sunday he had no idea whether he would be fit to challenge for a sixth Masters title in April.
However this is now, almost definitely, not going to happen.
His legs already bear the scars of five more operations for knee problems – and surgery to repair a torn Achilles – and he has also sustained injuries to his calf, shoulder and neck.
And this is not the first time Woods has had to be rescued from the wreckage of his car.
He was also hospitalized after smashing into a tree and a fire hydrant near his Florida home in 2009.
And in August 2017 Woods was arrested by police in Florida who found him ‘spaced out’ on a cocktail of pain-killers in his car – another consequence of his crippling back problems.
Woods has performed miracles in the past, famously winning the 2008 US Open on one leg.
He went into the event with two stress fractures and a ruptured cruciate ligament that required surgery the day after his victory.
He also defied medical logic by claiming his fifth Masters victory in 2019, after having two discs in his spine fused together.
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