U2's Bono fitted with
metal plates, screws after bike accident
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[November 20, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bono,
frontman of the Irish rock group U2, required hours of
surgery for fractures to his face and shoulder blade and
to have metal plates inserted in his arm after a cycling
accident in New York's Central Park, Rolling Stone
magazine said on Wednesday.
The 54-year-old singer was trying to avoid another cyclist on
Sunday when the accident occurred, forcing cancellation of the
group's weeklong appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show."
"Bono was rushed to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical
Center's Emergency Department and underwent 'multiple X-rays and
CAT scans' followed by hours of surgery," the magazine said.
It reported that the bone in the upper arm shattered in six
places and tore through the skin, requiring three metal plates
and 18 screws to repair the injury.
On Monday, the singer had more surgery on his fractured left
Bono's spokeswoman, when asked for a comment on the extent of
his injuries and his prognosis, said there was nothing new to
add beyond what was reported in Rolling Stone.
The group announced the singer's accident and injuries in a
statement on its website on Sunday.
"Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and
requires some surgery to repair it. We're sure he'll make a full
recovery soon, so we'll be back!" it said.
An orthopedic surgeon told the magazine that Bono would need
intensive therapy but was expected to make a full recovery. It
was also unclear how Bono's injuries will affect the group's
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Sunday's cycling accident was the second harrowing experience for
the rocker in less than a week. A private plane in which Bono was
traveling from Ireland to Germany last week lost its rear hatch as
it was approaching Berlin airport. The pilot managed to land it
Last month, Bono also revealed on a British talk show that the
reason he always wears his trademark sunglasses was because he has
suffered from eye disease glaucoma for two decades. Glaucoma can
lead to damage to the optic nerve and gets worse over time. Without
treatment it can result in blindness.
In 2010 Bono suffered a spinal injury while preparing for a tour and
underwent emergency surgery in Germany. The injury delayed part of
(Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Gunna
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