Kevin Ware Has Successful Surgery, Hoists Trophy in Hospital Bed

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Kevin Ware holds the Midwest Regional championship trophy in his hospital bed after his teammates beat Duke following his gruesome injury. (via @WhatsUpWitB)

Louisville guard Kevin Ware, whose gruesome injury traumatized fans nationwide, has undergone successful surgery to repair the severely fractured bone in his right leg.

USA Today reports the injury is not career-ending.

Here’s the press release form the Louisville Cardinals’ website:

INDIANAPOLIS – University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Sunday night to repair a broken bone in his right leg.

Ware had the bone re-set, the wound from the injury closed and a rod inserted in his right tibia during approximately two hours of surgery. He suffered the injury with 6:33 remaining in the first half of the Cardinals’ 85-63 Midwest Regional Championship victory over Duke.

Ware will remain in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday, when he is hopeful to return to Louisville and then join the Cardinals as they advance to the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. A timetable has not been set for a return to basketball competition.

Ware was a key backcourt reserve for the Cardinals, particularly during the last third of the season. He scored a career-high 11 points against Oregon on Friday in the regional semifinals and handed out a career-best five assists against Colorado State in the third round of the tournament. He has averaged 4.5 points and over 16 minutes a game for the 33-5 Cardinals.