Andy Lau moved to Hong Kong hospital, looking alert but with wounded forehead

Hong Kong actor Andy Lau arrives at a hospital in Hong Kong, China on Jan 19, 2017, after being thrown from a horse while shooting a commercial in Thailand.
Hong Kong actor Andy Lau arrives at a hospital in Hong Kong, China on Jan 19, 2017, after being thrown from a horse while shooting a commercial in Thailand.PHOTO: APPLE DAILY

HONG KONG - Andy Lau was wheeled into Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital on a stretcher on Thursday morning (Jan 19), after he was injured in a filming accident in Thailand.

The actor and singer, who suffered a pelvic injury after being thrown off a horse while shooting a tea commercial on Tuesday, was flown back to Hong Kong by a medical plane that landed at midnight on Thursday, said Ming Pao Daily News.

He was sent to the hospital, with reporters in a dozen cars trailing, said the report. When he arrived at the hospital at about 1am, more than 100 journalists surrounded him. His wife Carol Choo followed him closely, said Apple Daily.

Lau, wearing a mask and a cap, looked alert but seemed to be in pain, said Ming Pao. In statements to the press and to his fans, Lau, 55, said he had sustained a pelvic injury after "a little accident". It is unclear whether it is a tear in the pelvic region, a fracture or a dislocation.

 

Ming Pao said he also had a visible wound on his forehead. Apple Daily, quoting sources, said he had also injured his spine. It said he was taking painkillers and would have to rest for at least three months.

Dr Clarence Leung, the clinical director of a spine surgery centre at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, told Apple Daily that injuries to the pelvis are "more stable" than those further up the spine. "But if it's serious and blood vessels are torn, it can cause internal bleeding," he said.

In the statement to his fans that was posted on his official website on Wednesday, Lau said: "All is well with me. Please don't worry. Thanks for the wishes."