​Kevin Ware Leg Fine, Walks Out Of Hospital On Crutches

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April 3, 2013
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Kevin Ware, a Louisville Cardinals basketball player, broke his right leg when he attempted to block a three-point shot by Duke Blue Devils’ Tyler Thornton during an Elite Eight game on Sunday, March 31.

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The 20-year-old sophomore was taken away from the game on a stretcher as his teammates and fans watched in shock.

“The bones 6 inches out of his leg and all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game, win the game,’” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recalled after the game (via ABC News). “I’ve not seen that in my life … Pretty special young man.”

Ware underwent a two-hour surgery to reset his right tibia and insert a rod into his leg and is now able to walk with crutches.

On Monday, he spoke to the Daily News from his hospital room and said: “This is a minor setback for a major comeback. I have to have the right approach to it. (Doctors) told me things are going to be good for me. This is not a lifetime injury where I can never play basketball again… But getting to where I want to be and where I need to be is going to take some time.”

“The bones 6 inches out of his leg and all he’s yelling is, ‘Win the game, win the game,’” Louisville head coach Rick Pitino recalled after the game (via ABC News). “I’ve not seen that in my life … Pretty special young man.”

Ware’s team did go on to win the NCAA tournament Midwest Region final for him with a 85-63 victory over Duke.