Bono's weekend spill off his bicycle in Central Park was much, much more serious initially reported. The 54-year-old U2 singer apparently fell off his bike while trying to avoid another rider on Sunday, resulting in what doctors described to Rolling Stone magazine as a "very high energy" bicycle accident.
In a statement released to the magazine by Dr. Dean Lorich, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Hospital For Special Surgery, when Bono was rushed to the hospital, several X-rays and CAT scans were taken to assess his injuries.
The results included a left facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye, a left scapula (shoulder blade) fracture in three separate pieces, a left compound fracture of the humerus bone in his upper arm, where some of the bone was driven through his skin and the remaining bone was in six pieces.
The humerus break was dealt with first with a five-hour surgery on Sunday evening in which the elbow was washed out and cleaned up, a nerve that had gotten trapped in the break was moved and the bone was repaired with three metal plates and 18 screws.
On Monday, Bono had surgery on his left hand to repair a fracture of his pinky finger, which the doctor said would require intensive and progressive therapy to get back to normal. The severity of the injury was first alluded to in a statement the rest of U2 released on Monday, in which they said, "Bono has injured his arm in a cycling spill in Central Park and requires some surgery to repair it."
Lorich did not say how long Bono will need to recuperate, but said a "full recovery" is expected. The accident came on the eve of what was planned as a weeklong residency on "The Tonight Show." And though they had not yet announced any tour dates in support of their surprise Songs of Innocence album, The Edge told Rolling Stone earlier this year that an outing was in the planning stages.
Back in 2010, U2 had to delay their world tour after Bono suffered a spinal injury that required emergency surgery while prepping what would ultimately be the highest-grossing rock tour of all time.
On Monday, the band announced that they were releasing "Films of Innocence" on December 9, a collection of 11 short films to accompany the album made by 11 urban artists.