Bono Bike Accident Involved Multiple Fractures, Five Hours of Surgery

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The U2 frontman suffered a "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm”

Earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon had some fun impersonating his pal Bono, who couldn’t show up on The Tonight Show after enduring a cycling accident. But all kidding aside, it turns out those injuries were pretty serious.

The band previously revealed that Bono injured his arm in a bike crash in New York’s Central Park, but it seems he suffered more injuries than a broken arm. According to Rolling Stone, Bono suffered a "facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm.” His humerus broke in six different places and tore through the skin of his arm.

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The hospital referred to the mishap as a “high-energy bicycle accident” after Bono tried to avoid another rider. He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Emergency Department, where he underwent five hours of surgery.

Said orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD: "[Bono] was taken emergently to the operating room ... 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." The singer also underwent a second surgery to repair a fractured left pinky finger on Monday.

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In addition to U2’s weeklong residency on Fallon being postponed, the band’s touring plans may also have to be delayed because of Bono’s injuries. However, no changes have been formally announced.

This story first appeared on billboard.com

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