Morgan Freeman Recovering from Surgery

After car crash, he is expected to be released from hospital in a few days.


Aug. 5, 2008 — -- Morgan Freeman is on the mend today, following surgery to his left arm and hand that were injured in a car crash Sunday night.

"Morgan is doing well after his surgery last night to reconnect nerves and repair damage in his left arm and hand," his spokesperson, Donna Lee, said in a statement Tuesday.

"The surgery last night lasted four and a half hours. He's visiting with family this morning. As of this morning he's up and walking around and looking forward to his release in a few days."

Freeman was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn., where he was in serious condition after his car veered off the road, Ben Williams, Mississippi Highway patrol sergeant, told ABC News Monday.

"Mr. Freeman was involved in an accident around 11:30 p.m. yesterday. The vehicle was traveling eastbound on Mississippi Highway 32 in Tallahatchie County. The vehicle ran off the edge of the road and began to flip several times," he said.

"The doors were jammed on the vehicle from the rolling and flipping," he continued. "We had to break the doors open with the jaws of life to extract him."

Williams noted there is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash, adding, "it would be speculation on my behalf to say he fell asleep at the wheel."

He also said Freeman was "conscious and not disoriented" following the crash.

Freeman was driving with a female passenger, Demaris Meyer, to whom the car was registered. Williams said both Freeman and Meyer were wearing seat belts and were airlifted to the Memphis' Regional Medical Center following the crash.

In a statement Monday, Freeman's rep said: "He has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage but he is in good spirits. He is going to have surgery this afternoon or tomorrow to correct the damage. He says he'll be okay and is looking forward to a full recovery."Freeman plays engineer Lucius Fox in the latest installment of the "Batman" franchise, which raked in $43.8 million to rank as Hollywood's top movie for the third straight weekend, and is on par to pass the $400 million mark this week. He won a best supporting actor Oscar for his role in 2004's "Million Dollar Baby" and is slated to make his next film appearance in "The Code" later this year.

Freeman's accident is the third incident to befall "The Dark Knight" cast. It follows in the wake of Heath Ledger's untimely death and recent allegations that Christian Bale had assaulted his mother and sister the day of the film's London premiere, which he denied.

Georgia Dawkins contributed to this report.