Woods’ official Twitter account released an update on his status early Wednesday morning, after the car accident. “We thank everyone for the overwhelming support and messages during this tough time.
As previously communicated, Tiger was involved in a single-car accident earlier this morning in California. He has undergone a long surgical procedure on his lower right leg and ankle after being brought to the hospital”
“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center. Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia.
Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling”, Anish Mahajan, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, said.
“He is currently awake, responsive, and recovering in his hospital room. Thank you to the wonderful doctors and hospital staff at Harbor UCLA Medical Center, 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” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells the Los Angeles Times that Woods is “lucky to be alive”.
Two days ago, Tiger Woods said he’s didn’t know when he would return from a fifth back surgery, and he could not give a definitive answer Sunday when asked if he would be at the Masters. “God, I hope so”, Woods on the CBS broadcast of The Genesis Invitational.