Louisville Guard Kevin Ware on Crutches Today After Brutal Leg Injury in Win Over Duke [VIDEO]
The 2013 Final Four has been set as Michigan, Wichita State, Syracuse, and Louisville will be moving on. Normally this would be an exciting time for all the players involved, but University of Louisville Guard Kevin Ware won’t be celebrating like you would expect. With about six minutes left in the first half of yesterday’s game, Ware went up to block a shot and landed on his right leg, suffering a compound fracture just below his knee. It’s not only gruesome to see, but you can actually hear the bone snapping as Ware’s leg awkwardly bends in a way a leg never should bend.
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After the injury, trainers immediately rushed to Ware’s side to cover the injury with towels to shield the graphic nature from nearby teammates, fans, and even Ware himself. He was placed on a stretcher and taken to Methodist Hospital. Ware had surgery this morning to repair his leg where a rod was inserted into his right tibia.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino told ESPN:
The bone’s 6 inches out of his leg and all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game, win the game’. I’ve not seen that in my life. … Pretty special young man.
Louisville went on to #WinForWare, knocking Duke out of the tournament with a 85-63 victory. The Louisville Cardinals team celebrated the win by hoisting the Midwest Regional trophy and along with Ware’s #5 jersey. Overnight, many of Ware’s friends and teammates tweeted a photo of him in his hospital bed with the trophy nestled under his arm.
Today, @Ballislife tweeted a photo of Ware walking on crutches after his surgery. Doctors are hoping that he will be able to get back on the court for next season.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 1, 2013