Schwarzenegger's broken leg repaired

California governor is cleared to resume duties after surgery

December 27, 2006|By Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger underwent surgery yesterday to repair a broken right femur and was cleared to resume his official duties, the governor's office announced.

He broke his thigh bone Saturday while skiing in Idaho.

The surgery "involved using cables and screws to wire the two main fragments of the governor's broken femur bone back together. It lasted approximately an hour and a half, was without complication, and the post-operation X-rays look great," Dr. Kevin Ehrhart, an orthopedic surgeon, said in the prepared statement.

"Following the surgery, the governor was awake, alert and talking in the recovery room. He is now fully coherent, and I have cleared him to resume his duties as governor," Ehrhart said. Schwarzenegger will remain in the hospital for three days and will take approximately eight weeks to heal, said Ehrhart, who predicted a full recovery. The governor is not in a cast and will use crutches while his leg heals, he said.

Aides said that preparations are being made for the governor to work from the hospital.

Adi Erber, a ski instructor who was with the governor at the time of the accident, said that Schwarzenegger was standing still, preparing for the final 200 yards of the run on Bald Mountain in Sun Valley. The governor's ski pole got caught in one of his skis, causing him to trip and fall.

Erber described it as a "freak accident." He said that the governor was in pain and that a rescue team took him down the hill on a toboggan.

"It was the last run down," Erber said. "He was trying to take off again, and he tripped." Erber said that skiing is one of Schwarzenegger's favorite sports and predicted that once the governor's leg heals he would be back at it.

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