The accident occurred while Bono was riding his bike through Central Park on Sunday. He swerved to attempt to avoid hitting another rider, apparently unsuccessfully, resulting in an accident the doctors described as a “high energy bicycle accident.” Bono was then rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Room and was put through “multiple X-rays and CAT scans” and then five hours of reparative surgery.
Among the injuries that Bono sustained were a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” as well as three separate fractures to his left scapula and a fracture to his left humerus. His humerus was shattered in six places and was tearing through his skin.
“[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room…where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws,” Dean Lorich, MD, Bono’s orthopedic trauma surgeon, told the magazine. On Monday, Bono underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger. “A full recovery is expected,” Lorich said, but Bono will “require intensive and progressive therapy.”
The group had to postpone a residency on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon that had been scheduled for this week. “It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time — we’re one man down,” the band wrote on their website the day of the crash. “Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it. We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back! Much thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding.”
Dean Lorich, MD, gave a full statement on Bono’s condition:
On November 16th, Bono was involved in a high energy bicycle accident when he attempted to avoid another rider. Presented as a Trauma Alert to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell’s Emergency Department, his Trauma Work-up at that time included multiple X-rays and CAT scans showed injuries that include:
- Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.
Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.
Left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces. He was taken emergently to the operating room for a five-hour surgery Sunday evening where the elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.
One day later, he had surgery to his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.
He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected.
Dean Lorich, MD
Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special Surgery
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