The Oscar winner is visiting with family and looks forward to leaving the hospital, says his rep

By Stephen M. Silverman Michelle Diament
August 05, 2008 12:00 PM
Rick Maiman/AP

Morgan Freeman is on the mend after a Sunday night car crash that resulted in his being airlifted to a hospital in Memphis.

“Morgan is doing well after his surgery last night to reconnect nerves and repair damage in his left arm and hand,” his spokesperson, Donna Lee, said in a statement Tuesday.

“The surgery last night lasted four and a half hours. He’s visiting with family this morning. As of this morning he’s up and walking around and looking forward to his release in a few days.”

Mac Edwards, a consultant for Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club, spoke with the actor’s business partner in that venture on Tuesday.

The partner, who is visiting with Freeman in the hosital, reported, “Morgan is up and walking around. He’s really sore, but he’s doing better. He’s hoping to be out of the hospital by Thursday.”

Freeman, 71, was driving in Mississippi’s Tallahatchie County when the accident occurred. Extracted from the wreck by emergency crews using the jaws of life, the Dark Knight actor was said to be “in good spirits” Monday after he reached the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, where his surgery took place.