TORONTO — U2 singer Bono suffered injuries last Sunday that were far more serious than initially reported when, during a “high energy” bike ride in New York’s Central Park, he swerved to avoid colliding with another cyclist.
According to a statement from Dr. Dean Lorich, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the 54-year-old star underwent five hours of emergency surgery Sunday night to repair his left arm.
“The bone of his humerus was driven through his skin and the bone was in six different pieces,” Lorich revealed. “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.”
On Monday, Bono had surgery to repair a fractured pinky finger.
Lorich said the singer also suffered a fracture involving the orbit of his left eye and a fracture “in three separate pieces” of his left shoulder blade.
“He will require intensive and progressive therapy,” the physician said, “however a full recovery is expected.”
Bono was riding in Central Park a day after recording vocals in London for the Band Aid 30 project.
The accident forced the band to cancel its scheduled week-long residency on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
A message on the U2 website said Bono “injured his arm in a cycling spill … and requires some surgery to repair it.”
It is not yet known if Bono’s recovery will impact the group’s plans for a tour in support of Songs of Innocence.
Last week, German authorities said Bono’s private plane lost a hatch as it was coming in for a landing at Berlin’s airport.