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Tiger Woods in ‘good spirits’ after ‘successful’ treatment to horror crash injuries

The golf superstars, 45, has been moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre after a surgery for two open fractures, a shattered ankle and other injuries. Mr Woods suffered the injuries after a horrific single-car accident near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, about 30 miles south of downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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The 15-time major champion’s representatives said he is recovering in a statement posted to his six and a half million followers.

They wrote: “Tiger has moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre and received follow-up procedures on his injuries this morning.

“The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits.

“Tiger and his family want to thank you all for the wonderful support and messages they have received over the past few days. We will not have any further updates at this time.

“Thank you for your continued privacy. – TGR.”

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Mr Woods went into surgery at the Harbour-UCLA Medical Centre following the crash on Tuesday.

Open fractures to the sports personality’s tibia and fibula and further injuries to his foot and ankle were stabilised with the insertion of a rod, screws and pins.

Anish Mahajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Harbour-UCLA, said in a statement on Tuesday: “Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilised with a combination of screws and pins.

“Trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the left requires surgical release of the covering go the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling.”

Bill Mallon, former PGA Tour golfer, claimed it will be at least three months before Mr Woods is able to put weight on his foot.

The Sun quoted him as saying: “With fractures of this sort in the lower extremities, it takes about three months to heal enough to fully bear weight.”

Mr Mallon told the BBC: “The American Football player, Alex Smith, sustained a similar injury to his tibia, an open comminuted fracture (a break in more than two places) in 2018 and he developed all sorts of complications.

“He almost lost his leg and ended up having 17 surgeries. I think because that is fresh in the minds of the American sports public they are extrapolating that to Tiger and assuming he’s going to go through the same thing.

“That’s not necessarily true and in fact Alex Smith is the exception. The normal situation is that you heal, you don’t get an infection and you are able to walk again.”



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