Petra Kvitova Has Surgery After Stabbing

Petra Kvitova Has Surgery After Stabbing

(CNN)Two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Petra Kvitova has undergone a near four-hour operation on "severe" hand injuries sustained after she was attacked by a knife-wielding robber in her apartment near the Czech capital of Prague Tuesday. "Doctors repaired damage to tendons in all five digits of the left hand as well as two nerves," Kvitova's PR manager Katie Spellman told CNN in an email. "I am shaken, but fortunate to be alive," she said via a post on her Facebook page.

The surgeon who operated the 26-year-old tennis player who was attacked in her own apartment said that Petra Kvitova is going to take a hiatus from tennis, but will be able to play again in six months.

She was stabbed on Tuesday by a knife-wielding intruder who tried to rob her place in the town of Prostejov. The attacker is not known.

She underwent a surgery on the same day. Her surgeon, Radek Kebrle of the Hand and Plastic Surgery Institute, said, "When we talk about (playing tennis), it will take about six months. It's a serious injury and we have to deal with that accordingly. She's young and healthy and has long slim fingers. That's a good prognosis."

She ended up with damage to the tendons in her left hand, and injuries to all five fingers and two nerves.

 

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