After having surgery Sunday night to repair his broken right leg, Kevin Ware was up and getting used to using crutches in Indianapolis’s Methodist Hospital today.
Kenny Klein, Louisville’s senior associate athletic director for media relations and sports information director, tweeted that Ware would remained hospitalized at least through Tuesday. He is expected to return to Louisville and accompany the team to Atlanta for the Final Four this weekend.
“He’s doing terrific,” Pitino said on a Final Four conference call (via Yahoo’s Pat Forde). “He’s in great spirits.”
Pitino and Ware’s teammates took the Midwest Regional trophy to Ware, who “was excited by it,” Pitino said.
Ware’s mother, Lisa, flew in from Georgia, where she’d watched her son’s game and his injury Sunday. “She’d been crying all night,” Pitino said. “Once she gave him a hug this morning, everything was fine.”
Pitino said Ware, who underwent two hours of surgery in which a rod was inserted in his leg and his open wound was closed, wasn’t going to let coaches take the trophy home.
” ‘It’s staying with me,’” Pitino said Ware said. “I said, `All right, just make sure you don’t lose it.”‘.