Kevin Ware with Coach Pitino and the Midwest Regional trophy.
Dr. James Ramsey
Dr. Craig Roberts
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A heartbreaking injury on the court brings the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team even closer. While the Cards are now off to the Final Four, the team is determined to bring Kevin Ware with them.
"We were all just fighting back tears, just not knowing," said Dr. James Ramsey, University of Louisville President.
Ramsey was just seven rows back from Kevin Ware when the player suffered a horrific leg break during the Duke game Sunday night.
"All of sudden the game wasn't important, it was this young man who worked so hard and just everybody hoping he will be ok," said Ramsey.
Almost immediately social networks lit up with prayers and well wishes for Ware and his visibly impacted team, coaches, and fans.
"It just affected everyone, whether you were watching on TV or whether you heard about it," said Ramsey.
Ware was rushed into emergency surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Craig Roberts, University of Louisville Orthopedic Surgery chairman, said this type of injury is not something you see every day.
"Just the actual energy, the deformity of the leg is just really, I hate to the use the word grisly, but it was," said Roberts.
Roberts said he can only imagine what pain Ware was going through at that moment.
"Generally when you have a wound through the skin, it almost feels like somebody stabbed you there, so it's really a sharp component to that as well," said Roberts.
Ware's leg was broken in two places. The Cards went on to beat Duke 85-63, then immediately joined their teammate in the hospital to let Ware pose with the trophy. Less than 24 hours later, Ware was up on crutches and experts believe it won't be too long before he is back on the court.
"I would suspect we would see him back next season, it's just a question of exactly when," said Roberts.
Ramsey said Ware is hoping to be back on campus tomorrow and is determined to travel with the team this weekend to the Final Four in Atlanta, his hometown.