“If anyone can recover from this, it’s Tiger,” a source told PEOPLE

A source tells PEOPLE that Woods, a 15-time major champion, has a “long recovery” ahead of him on Tuesday after a single car accident in the upscale suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif

“If he’s healed enough, he needs other treatments, including physical therapy. But he’s a fighter. If anyone can recover from it, he is,” says the source from Woods, who is at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a trauma center level 1, remains in the hospital, where he underwent an operation on his right lower leg and ankle

“Luckily he was buckled up otherwise he might not have made it,” adds the source, repeating similar remarks first made by Carlos Gonzalez, deputy sheriff of Los Angeles, during Tuesday’s press conference: “I’ve seen collisions that didn’t look as serious as the occupants were injured much more seriously I think that’s just evidence that he was buckled up and the airbags were working as intended”

The last update on Woods’ health came from his team on Wednesday when they posted a statement on the golfer’s Twitter account

Woods “suffered significant orthopedic injuries to his lower right extremity treated by orthopedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center during emergency surgery,” said Dr Anish Mahajan, Chief Medical Officer at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center “[Woods] is currently awake, reacting, and recovering in the hospital room”

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In the statement, Mahajan said Woods “crushed open fractures,” meaning that his tibia and fibular bones, the two main bones in the leg, were cracked and broken through the skin, requiring immediate surgery and minor injuries the ankle and foot

“This is a very, very serious injury,” said Dr Kirk A Campbell, sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon in the Orthopedic Surgery Department at NYU Langone Health, told PEOPLE, “Not only are the bones broken, they also got through the skin, creating a high risk of infection”

Campbell also stated that Woods had a fasciotomy due to the excessive swelling in his leg, which means the muscles in his leg became so swollen that they could damage the surrounding arteries and nerves, and that this area was cut open by pressure reduce

“The combination of all of these injuries is pretty significant,” Campbell said, adding that Woods’ injuries “may require additional surgery” over time and potentially “months and months of rehab” “

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During a news conference on Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department changed an initial statement, saying that the jaws of life were not used to rescue Woods from his vehicle in the accident, but a Halligan tool the Sheriff’s Department is conducting Investigation of the crash by

After the news of Woods’ operations, an insider told PEOPLE that the athlete “doesn’t want his career to end like this,” adding, “So if there is any way he can keep playing golf, he will to do””

Woods, who has undergone five back and five knee operations, is no stranger to a comeback after health setbacks on the golf course

Before the car accident, the father of two had undergone microdiscectomy in December, his fifth back operation in the last seven years

Woods, who had a spinal fusion in April 2017, also had his fifth arthroscopic procedure performed on his left knee in August 2019

The star’s last official competition was the Masters in November when he finished 38th Then, in December, just days before his fifth second leg, Woods played the PNC championship, an exhibition tournament, with his 12-year-old son Charlie

“He expected 2021 to be the year of his comeback. Obviously that’s not going to happen now And that’s disappointing to him,” the insider told PEOPLE. “This is a massive setback and he knows it is a massive setback , but he has overcome obstacles in the past and believes he can do it again “

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