Australian music mogul Molly Meldrum has undergone successful surgery to treat injuries he sustained in a fall at his home.
The 65 year old was admitted to hospital in Melbourne last week (ends18Dec11) and placed in an induced coma after falling from a ladder while putting up Christmas decorations.
Meldrum's condition was downgraded from critical to stable and he was deemed well enough to undergo a series of operations on Thursday (22Dec11).
His brother Brian has now confirmed the four-and-a-half-hour surgery was a success, but the star is now back in intensive care as he recuperates.
Brian tells the Herald Sun, "Surgeons were successful in repairing a broken collarbone, and extensive breaks and fractures he suffered to his left ribcage. A metal plate was screwed into place to reconnect his clavicle bone, and soluble screws and plates were used to repair the damage to his ribs.
"The operation on his ribcage will make it easier for Molly to breathe, and will bring forward the time when he can be taken off the ventilator.
"Molly's condition is still considered to be serious, and he was returned to intensive care after the operation. However, the success of today's operation will assist greatly in his overall recovery."
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