'Bedridden' Richie Benaud 'in crippling pain' due to 'undiagnosed back fracture'

Sydney, Jan 12 : Australian cricket great Richie Benaud has reportedly been left bedridden and in crippling pain because of an undiagnosed back fracture.

The smashed vertebra was not detected by doctors for some time after the 83-year-old Benaud rammed his vintage car, a 1963 Sunbeam Alpine, into a brick wall last October, after losing control of the car.

According to, confirming that an operation, scheduled for Saturday, had been cancelled, Benaud's wife Daphne said that the family is hoping that medication will fix things as the vertebrae is not healing as well as they hoped.

The report mentioned that the veteran Channel Nine commentator, who was initially expected to recover in time to return to the commentary box for the Ashes series, was treated for injuries to his sternum and shoulder before the smashed vertebrae was finally detected.

--ANI (Posted on 12-01-2014)

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