Neil Patrick Harris Shares Pics From Hand Surgery After Sea Urchin Accident
By Paris Close
October 16, 2019
Neil Patrick Harris is feeling like his old, funny self again after undergoing an operation following an injury he sustained on vacation.
A few months ago, the actor had been enjoying his European family getaway with husband David Burka and their two children, Harper and Gideon, until he suffered a painful accident while in Croatia. Now, in a new Instagram post shared Tuesday (October 15), Harris seems to be recovering well from his wound — and with a dose of humor.
“Had surgery today,” the How I Met Your Mother star revealed on Instagram with a picture of him from the hospital bed. “I tripped and hand planted onto a sea urchin almost two months ago while climbing rocky cliffs in Croatia.”
“Most of the tiny spines I dug out myself, but two refused to leave and one got infected. Turns out it pierced through a tendon (see ultrasound video),” Harris explained, along with video of the sonogram. “Well, thanks to the surgical talents of Dr. Dan Polatsch and his team, I’m officially urchin free and on the mend.”
Despite “having to wear this massive hand elevating contraption for the foreseeable future,” the 46-year-old quips that “uni is still delicious.”
After wishing their pal a safe recovery, Harris' friends couldn't help but delight in poking fun at the star’s predicament. “You should have gone to Urchin Care,” joked Kate Jennings Grant in a comment, as Breckin Meyer quipped that Harris' injury was just a ploy to get out of baking duties: “You will do ANYTHING to avoid making those Reese’s rice krispy treats! And I spoke to the Urchin...he has a very different version.”
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