By Selina Maycock published
Tiger Woods is said to be 'awake and responsive' following surgery after he was badly injured in a car crash.
The professional golfer sustained serious leg injuries following the horror crash in Los Angeles.
Tiger, 45, is lucky to be alive after his car "crossed the center-divider to the point that it rested several hundred feet away" on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes.
He suffered "open fractures affecting the tibia and fibula bones" in his lower right leg which had to be "stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia". He also sustained injuries to his foot and ankle - with screws and pins inserted during surgery, according to his chief medical officer.
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A statement published on Tiger's Twitter account added, 'He is currently awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room. Thank you to wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, and the fire department. Your support and assistance has been outstanding.'
'There are no further updates at this time and we continue to thank you for your well-wishes and privacy for him and his family,' it concluded.
Meanwhile, Anish Mahajan, chief medical officer of the Harbor UCLA Medical Centre where Woods is being treated, said the open fractures were comminuted, meaning broken in more than two pieces.
He added, "Trauma to the muscle and soft tissue of the leg required the surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling."
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Carlos Gonzalez, a deputy from the LA County Sheriff's Department, who was first on the scene of the accident at 07:18 local time said the golfer was "not able to stand under his own power" before being removed from the vehicle which had sustained major damage.
He said that the golfer was wearing his seatbelt and was "still calm and lucid" when he told him his name. "It's very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive," he stressed.
Meanwhile, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said that the positioning of the vehicle "indicates they were going at a relatively greater speed than normal".
Fans have been sending the star their well-wishes. One wrote, 'Wishing U Speedy Recovery Tiger. U in my thoughts and Prayers. This too shall come to pass and U will emerge from this a lot Stronger. All da Best.' Another put, 'We'd all like to see him play again at the highest level, but I'm pleased he's alive and responsive atm! Take it slowly Tiger and do everything the doctors and physios tell you to do.'
But concern over the star's future golfing career is growing. One fan added, 'If this is indeed the end of Tiger Woods as a golfer his fans (like me) who will mourn the end of a 26 year era can take solace in 2 things: We’ll never have to see him in total decline and he finished his final tournament, at Augusta, like a true champion.'
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.
Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.
Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.
Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.
When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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