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The Governator Breaks A Leg Skiing

The break is severe enough to require surgery:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg on Saturday while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, the governor's office said.


The 59-year-old former movie star broke the femur bone in his right leg and was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and later discharged, Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's deputy chief of staff for communications, said in a statement.

"When the governor returns to Los Angeles from his scheduled Christmas trip, he will have surgery to repair his femur. No one else was involved in the skiing accident," Mendelsohn's statement said.

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Julie Soderlund said she did not know how the governor hurt his leg. She said he was skiing at the time with family members who were not identified.

Schwarzenegger is in Idaho with his wife, Maria Shriver, and their four children, Soderlund said.

"The governor's doing great, and he's looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday with his family," Soderlund said by telephone on Saturday night.

I wonder if he was on the ski trail named after him when he was hurt.


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Comments (13)

This story is a little biza... (Below threshold)

This story is a little bizarre. Ordinarily anyone who breaks their femur is admitted to the hospital, not discharged, or is transferred to a more equipped medical center, hospital to hospital. The patient has surgery expediently, not at the end of a long vacation when it's more convenient.

It's either a very unusual femur fracture, or it's not the femur that's broken. Fibula, perhaps?

Giacomo is correct; you can... (Below threshold)
Imhotep:

Giacomo is correct; you can't be released from a hospital with a Femur fracture.

I know there's an Orthopod or 2 reading this board and I'm sure they would agree.

I call BS on this story and hope someone gets it right, without violating the Governator's HIPPA rights and all.

Most common skiing breaks a... (Below threshold)
epador:

Most common skiing breaks are below the knee, but we sure can't challenge the media on the accuracy of their reporting, can we?

Ditto G and I.

Says a little about one Sta... (Below threshold)
epador:

Says a little about one State's Governor going out of state and abandoning his State's "troubled" ski areas for a vacation, doesn't it?

Or more likely, his government-sponsored managed care health insurance wouldn't approve out of state surgery, and the gov is still waiting for the ambulance voucher to come through so he can be transported back to California for treatment.

I share epador's concern ab... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

I share epador's concern about the accuracy of media reports in this matter. I'm awaiting AP's version myself. Perhaps they've sent Captain Jamil Hussein to California to cover this story; something that would explain why he can't be found in Iraq.

It's ok. "He'll be back."</... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

It's ok. "He'll be back."

Ok, sorry, I know, I know....but it had to be said...ok....enough.....stop throwing things...

It may have been a relative... (Below threshold)
observer 5:

It may have been a relatively minor crack in the femur.

epador -- your point is goo... (Below threshold)

epador -- your point is good -- appears there's twice as much base at Squaw Valley as at Sun valley.

Perhaps it has more to do with beautiful people.

Since the Sun Valley hospital must have regat skill at treating broken limbs, it could simply be that this "break" is not much of a "break" at all, which would explain how someone could be discharged for later treatment. Unless, that is, that the Governor's vacation is going to end tonight and he's being airlifted on a private jet back to Cedars Sinai.

Fibula - Femur - is there r... (Below threshold)
epador:

Fibula - Femur - is there really any difference? Ask any AP reporter.

While he could have damaged his femoral head with resultant aseptic necrosis, and will need a replacement, or have some sort of femoral injury that can be treated in a delayed fashion, I'd put my money on a fib fracture which could easily be splinted and might require delayed fixation.

The Gov has been going to S... (Below threshold)
epador:

The Gov has been going to Sun Valley for years. He and Maria have a house there. But for all his posturing on being a "green" governor, its a shame he isn't promoting California businesses for snow sports. Or maybe this is his way of promoting not eco-friendly business outside of the state...

Cyborg--skin over metal exo... (Below threshold)
John S:

Cyborg--skin over metal exoskeletan. I think they need to send a special welder back from the future to fix Arnie's leg.

Just goes to show you. Never go skiing with a Kennedy. It's about as smart as asking Teddy for a lift.

Can't blame the Gov for goi... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Can't blame the Gov for going to Sun Valley. I'd take dry, SV powder vs. Sierra Cement any day of the week.

Too bad for him. And now fo... (Below threshold)

Too bad for him. And now for a comic relief of the governator's accident in pictures see:
http://www.skibrokeback.com/arnold/




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