By peoplestaff225
Updated December 11, 2003 01:00 PM

Ozzy Osbourne is clearly on the mend after a weekend bike accident, says his daughter Kelly — because her dad is already complaining about the nurses.

But doctors at the Wexham Park Hospital in southern England said on Wednesday that Osbourne, who fractured eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck, will remain on a ventilator for at least the next 24 hours, reports Reuters. “He is comfortable and stable,” a hospital spokesman said.

Kelly, 19, who had just recorded the Black Sabbath track “Changes” with her father, told reporters: “He woke up today. He couldn’t talk because of the tube in his mouth but he was able to mouth words. He told us that he loved us.”

At times tearful, Kelly could not contain a laugh when she revealed: “He has been complaining about the nurses so we know he’s all right. He gave me the ‘thumbs-up’ and stuck his tongue out at me.”

Asked about how the accident (which occurred at the family’s English country estate) happened, the younger Osbourne said: “He was in a field and there was grass covering a hole and the bike went in the hole and fell on top of him.”

Ozzy, 55, underwent emergency surgery after the crash of the all-terrain bike. Dick Jack, medical director of the hospital treating Osbourne, said of his famous patient: “He has made contact with the medical and nursing staff. He is fully aware of where he is and why he’s here.”