Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett faces months of rehabilitation following surgery to repair his right leg, which was broken yesterday (March 27) when he was trampled by a bull while trying to help an unc

Singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett faces months of rehabilitation following surgery to repair his right leg, which was broken yesterday (March 27) when he was trampled by a bull while trying to help an uncle who had just been flipped by the animal.

Lovett, 44, was injured on his uncle's farm in suburban Houston, the Tomball Regional Hospital said in a statement. A bull flipped Lovett's uncle, Calvin Klein, 67, and Lovett was trampled while going to Klein's rescue.

Lovett underwent surgery on his lower right leg to reconstruct the bone, which was broken in several places, according to a Memorial Hermann Hospital spokesperson. He is said to be in good condition.

Dr. Kevin Coupe, who performed the surgery, said Lovett may remain in the hospital for three days and a full recovery may take at least six months. Coupe told the Houston Chronicle in today's editions that 20 pieces of bone were broken in Lovett's leg, including nine major bone fragments that had to be put back together. Klein, no relation to the designer, was taken to Tomball Regional and later released.

It is not yet known if Lovett will make upcoming scheduled concert appearances on April 6 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., or at a Willie Nelson tribute set for April 14 in Nashville.


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