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Simon Cowell is said to have been nearly paralysed after breaking his back in three places following a fall from his electric bike.
The X Factor judge, 60, has reportedly needed six hours of surgery after the break in his back missed his spinal cord by 1cm during the accident.
Simon is said to have been testing out the bike with his partner Lauren Silverman and son Eric, six, when he fell backwards and smashed onto concrete at his Los Angeles home.
Simon Cowell issues update on broken back after undergoing emergency surgery
Simon Cowell rushed to hospital with broken back after falling off electric bike
A source said: “He could have been looking at a life in a wheelchair.”
They added to The Sun: “He was testing out his new bike with Eric and Adam and the power of it surprised him a bit.
“He fell back directly onto his back and immediately knew he was in trouble. He was in a bad way.”
The website reports that Simon has had a metal rod inserted into his spine after breaking three vertebrae.
The insider added: “It was a really, really bad fall — but he’s very lucky to have escaped with the injuries he has.
“Had he damaged the spinal cord he could have been looking at life in a wheelchair, but thanks to the doctors he is hopeful of making a full recovery.”
The Britain’s Got Talent boss issued a statement over the weekend following reports of his accident.
Representatives for Simon confirmed news of his injuries on Sunday morning, saying: "Simon has broken his back and will be having surgery this evening.
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"Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family."
"He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He's doing fine, he's under observation and is in the best possible hands," the rep continued to People.
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