Published Nov 19, 2014While it had been reported that U2 vocalist Bono underwent surgery over the weekend after being involved in a "a cycling spill" in New York, newly surfaced details on the singer's injuries reveal that the accident was more serious than the band had initially led on.
The statement from U2 on the weekend explained that Bono needed surgery on his arm following the accident, but a letter written by an orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich obtained by Rolling Stone now explains that the emergency team at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital performed CAT scans and X-rays on numerous injuries.
Bono is said to have been a part of a "high energy bicycle accident" caused when the musician attempted to avoid an oncoming rider at New York's Central Park. When he arrived at the hospital, doctors attended to a "left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye," a left shoulder blade fractured in three places, and a "left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces." The latter had him taken into the operating room for a five-hour surgery that left him with three metal plates and 18 screws in his arm.
Doctor Dean Lorich added to Rolling Stone that Bono underwent a second surgery on Monday to repair a fracture in his left hand. According to the doctor, "[Bono] will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected."
As previously reported, the accident forced U2 to postpone this week's residency on The Tonight Show, though the band said they'll be back soon to promote Songs of Innocence.
An upcoming visual companion to Songs of Innocence called Films of Innocence arrives digitally on December 9 through Islands Records.