Phew! We almost thought Kevin Ware was done for!!
After the Louisville Cardinal star shattered his lower leg and went into emergency surgery during Sunday’s NCAA Midwest Regional final, everyone and their mom most likely thought that Ware would NEVER step foot on a basketball court again, but according to the co-chief of sports medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Glashow… he will hoop again, and will even perform at the same level of excellence that he did before the injury!!
“I think this will take about six months to recover, and he could be back on the court that quick. The rod may or may not be removed from his leg. They will probably keep it in for a year.
It is very possible that he will play at the same level that he has been at. A complete knee surgery would have been much more damaging and long lasting. So, even though he had a very gory injury, it is better in the long run."
Considering that Kevin's bone popped out of his flesh during his dramatic injury, he's going to need physical therapy after he recovers from his surgery.
Dr. Glashow said:
“He will probably be in immediate physical therapy to move ankle and knee. In this new picture he will be putting a little weight on it. And he is very lucky the fracture is not at joint, that would be much more problematic and this is a clean break.”
We're glad to hear that the 20-year-old sensation will play again because it would be a shame if his basketball career was over — especially since he has so much love for the game!
Get well soon, Kevin!!
P.S. And just in case you were wondering, Ware's team WON the Midwest Regional trophy and even tweeted a photo of Kevin cuddling their NCAA prize in his hospital bed.
Ch-ch-check out the hooper and the trophy (below)!!
[Image via Bruce Schwartzman/AP Images & Twitter.]
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