U2’s frontman Bono injured himself while biking in New York’s Central Park earlier this week, forcing the band to cancel their scheduled performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. According to a new report in Rolling Stone, those injuries may have been pretty serious, though the Irishman is expected to make a full recovery.
The article states that Bono was involved in a “high energy bicycle accident,” and underwent five hours of surgery after multiple CAT-scans and X-Rays. Bono fractured several bones, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three fractures in his left shoulderblade, and a fracture of the upper part of his left humerus – a particularly damaging injury which shattered “in six different places and tearing through his skin.” Ouch!
Fallon did a great job filling in for the band on short notice, leading The Roots through a version of U2’s “Desire.” Watch that here.
Here’s the full statement from Dr. Dean Lorich, who operated on Bono at the hospital:
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:
1. Left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye.
2. Left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces.
3. 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.
4. 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