Hospital reveals extent of injuries to U2's Bono in Central Park bike accident

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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Sandy Kenyon has details on the hospital's report describing the injuries to the U2 singer.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Hospital officials released new details Wednesday about the injuries suffered by rock star Bono in a bicycle accident Sunday in Central Park.

According to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Bono was involved in a high-energy bike accident when he tried to avoid another rider.

The hospital said he was admitted as a trauma alert, with injuries that included a left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, left shoulder blade fracture in three different places, and left compound distal humerus fracture where the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in 6 different pieces.

He was taken to the operating room for a 5-hour surgery Sunday evening, where his elbow was washed out and debrided, a nerve trapped in the break was moved, and the bone was repaired with 3 metal plates and 18 screws.

One day later, he had surgery on his left hand to repair a fracture of his 5th metacarpal.

He will require intensive and progressive therapy, however a full recovery is expected, the hospital says.

U2 posted a message on the band's website about the accident on Sunday night.

The message says, "It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park, and requires some surgery to repair it.

The band was scheduled to perform on the show this week.

An NBC spokesperson confirmed that U2, which had been booked to appear every day this week on NBC's "Tonight Show", had pulled out due to the accident.

Just last week, German authorities said Bono's private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in for a landing at Berlin's airport.