Bono’s Accident More Serious Than Anyone Realized

Courtesy of NBC News
Courtesy of NBC News

Just days after a freak plane accident, U2 lead singer Bono suffered a cycling accident in New York’s Central Park on Sunday, November 16th. When he was reported to have “hurt his arm” and could not perform on the November 17th episode of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon made light of the incident and impersonated the rocker with house band the Roots. As it turns out, Bono’s injuries are much more serious than had initially been suspected.

Today’s new developments detail (TW: medical gore) his injuries as “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 arm in particular was in brutal shape, as “the bone of his humerus was driven though his skin and the bone was in six different pieces.”

According to the hospital, Bono was trying to avoid another rider when what they have described as a “high energy bicycle accident” occurred. The 54-year-old singer was quickly transported to the Emergency Department at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center as a “trauma alert.” He received several X-rays and CAT scans, and was put under for five hours of surgery on Sunday night.

Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dean Lorich, MD, revealed the intensive operation (TW: medical procedures) that took place. “[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,” said Lorich. The singer also underwent a second surgery on Monday to repair a fracture in his left pinky finger.

Lorich explained that Bono would require “intensive and progressive therapy.” However, a total recovery is expected. “We’re sure he’ll make a full recovery soon, so we’ll be back!” said bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.

U2’s weeklong residency on the Tonight Show has been postponed, and their tour may also be delayed as Bono recovers. Fallon has not yet addressed the new details, but tweeted prior to his sunglass-donning tribute performance that he is “send[ing] vibes to Bono for a speedy recovery.”