All scars have a narrative, and Kaley Cuoco’s decrease left leg bears a fairly important one, she not too long ago revealed on the SmartLess podcast, cohosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes. 13 years after an equestrian accident practically took the actor’s leg, she embraces what the harrowing harm left behind.
“I’ve bought some good scars,” she mentioned, per Folks. “It makes you are feeling like a badass.”
The complete accident is recounted by Cuoco and The Huge Bang Idea creator Chuck Lorre within the oral historical past e book The Huge Bang Idea: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Collection. As an skilled horse rider and jumper, Cuoco competed usually. In 2010, whereas driving at a Los Angeles ranch, her horse bought spooked, threw her off, and stepped on her left leg, leaving her with a compound fracture of her tibia-fibula—a “horrible, horrible, horrible break” wherein her bones penetrated by the pores and skin of her decrease leg, Cuoco mentioned on the podcast.
“I keep in mind clear as day, as a result of it takes a second when one thing is that unhealthy,” Cuoco instructed Bateman, Arnett, and Hayes. “I used to be like, ‘Did I simply fall on an entire factor of leaves?’ As a result of I heard all of the cracking. It took me like 5 or 10 seconds to really notice it wasn’t simply 400 leaves; it was my bones.”
A compound fracture is characterised by an open wound within the pores and skin close to a damaged bone, per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). The severity of the sort of harm can range considerably, however in “high-energy” accidents, when there’s clear pores and skin harm or the bone is protruding, the gentle tissues across the space, just like the muscle groups and tendons, are at quick danger of contamination (suppose: grass, mud, clothes) and subsequently a severe an infection.
Fortunately, Lorre was in attendance, Folks reported, and he knew a health care provider affiliated with Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic for Sports activities Medication at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, whom he contacted instantly. Inside two hours of her fall, Cuoco was “in surgical procedure with the perfect surgeons obtainable to cease an an infection as a result of her leg was broad open,” Lorre recalled.
Previous to getting into surgical procedure, although, Cuoco was pressured to face the harm’s severity head-on. “They made me signal one thing that mentioned, ‘We don’t know till we get in there and see this leg, and it may come out that you simply don’t have it anymore,’” she mentioned. To her aid, she awakened from the operation and seemed down to search out her leg nonetheless connected.
Docs weren’t certain when she would stroll once more, and, in accordance with the AAOS, it may possibly take as much as six months for a tibial fracture to heal—generally longer for open fractures. Surprisingly, inside every week, Cuoco was strolling with a boot. “I used to be again to work in two weeks,” she mentioned on the podcast. “It was, like, miraculous.” To this present day, she nonetheless carries the steel pins and rods inserted in her leg throughout surgical procedure.
“The whole lot ended up fantastic,” she mentioned within the oral historical past e book. “And naturally…everybody was freaking out, which I get. It scared folks.”