Jimmy Buffett - Buffett Treated By Surgeon Gig-goer
Jimmy Buffett was lucky enough to have a top surgeon in the audience at the show where he was injured in a dramatic stage fall - the doctor rushed to his aid and treated him until paramedics arrived.
The veteran singer-songwriter stunned the crowd at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday (26Jan11) when he took a nasty tumble during the show finale and plummeted off the stage.
Sydney surgeon Gordian Fulde was in the audience and after witnessing the fall, he went straight to help the star.
Fulde admits he feared the worst, and was relieved to find the musician had escaped more serious injury.
He says, "It was like everybody was standing, and then I obviously responded... He walked off the stage... He just didn't see the stage ended because there was a gap where the crowd was on the fence, and he just went down and crumbled down in that space and his head hit a metal ledge, and you could hear the thump, and he was deeply unconscious.
"He is so lucky, I thought when it happened he would even be a paraplegic or worse. We did all the head scans and neck scans and fortunately there's no damage... Cause that's the worry, you don't know when somebody's unconscious. We've observed him through the night, he hasn't had much sleep so he's very tired, but, we're glad to say that he'll be OK."
The 64-year-old Margaritaville singer was treated for a head wound and discharged from hospital on Thursday (27Jan11).