Tiger Woods transferred to new LA hospital; fellow golfers express hopes for full recovery
LOS ANGELES, Ca - After a Tuesday (Feb. 24) morning wreck left star golfer, Tiger Woods, with serious injuries that required surgery, the athlete is being transferred to a second Los Angeles hospital to begin an arduous recovery process.
According to CNN, Dr. Anish Mahajan, the chief medical officer and interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, confirmed that Woods was moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is approximately 20 miles away.
"On behalf of our staff, it was an honor to provide orthopedic trauma care to one of our generation's greatest athletes," Mahajan said in a statement.
The news oultet says Woods' injuries include "comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones," Mahajan said Tuesday, meaning the bones broke into more than two pieces and pierced the skin. A rod was inserted into the tibia to stabilize the leg. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins.
Woods told investigators "he had no recollection of the crash" that left him seriously injured, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday.
The famous athlete's colleagues have rallied to show their full support of his recovery.
For example, Webb Simpson, who is tied atop the Thursday leaderboard at the PGA WGC-Workday Championship in Florida said his focus was on the golfer's well-being.
"Of course you think about the golf career, you think about what he's done for the game, but the thing I kept thinking about was his kids and how thankful I am that he made it out of that," Simpson said.
He added, "The biggest thing I was concerned with, following the news and texting buddies, trying to figure out what was going on was, 'Is he OK? Is he going to make it?'"
On Thursday, Phil Mickelson expressed similar sentiments at a PGA Tour Champions event in Arizona., saying, "All the guys here understand and appreciate what he has meant to the game of golf, and for us and the PGA Tour. We are all very appreciative and supportive of what he has done for us. But right now, that is so far from our minds."
"All the guys here understand and appreciate what he has meant to the game of golf, and for us and the PGA Tour. We are all very appreciative and supportive of what he has done for us. But right now, that is so far from our minds," Mickelson said.
"I thought Rory McIlroy really said it well when he said that we're just lucky and appreciative that his kids didn't lose their father. We all are hoping and praying for a full and speedy recovery. We are all so thankful because that looked awful. We are thankful that he is still with us," Mickelson continued.
CNN reports that on Wednesday, Mcllroy said, "At this stage I think everyone should just be grateful that he's here, that he's alive, that his kids haven't lost their dad. That's the most important thing. Golf is so far from the equation right now, it's not even on the map at this point."
The Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute, which is part of the medical facility where Woods is being transferred, provides orthopedic surgeries, and practitioners at their clinics work with Los Angeles-area sports teams. Other professional athletes from around the country have had procedures performed at their centers.
The California Rehabilitation Institute, a partnership between Cedars-Sinai, UCLA Health and Select Medical, also provides programs for patients who are on the mend.
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