Ken Green may be losing his leg, but not his love of golf.
"If it's not going to work, then take it off so I can play," Green told
close friend Kevin Richardson.
Green received news on Saturday at the University of Mississippi Medical
Center in Jackson, Miss., that his lower right leg, mangled in a car crash
on Monday, could not be saved and would be amputated on Monday.
Green was riding in the back of an RV driven by his brother Bill when a tire
blew out, sending the vehicle off Interstate 20 outside Meridian, Miss. Bill
Green, along with Ken's girlfriend Jeannie, and his dog, Nip, were killed in
"Ken heard something (the blowout), he got up, and that was the last thing
he can remember," Richardson said.
Green had numerous tibia and fibula fractures, lost almost all of his calf,
had nerve and tendon damage that was irreparable. He had the option of going
through two years of surgeries to save the leg, but doctors told him he
would have a non-functional ankle and foot.
The Champions Tour golfer is expected to be hospitalized at least a week
after Monday's operation.
"He understands," Richardson said. "He wants to go forward with it. He wants to
-- Tim Rosaforte