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Buffett Released From Hospital, Status of Auckland Show Unknown

January 27th, 2011

We’re finally back. Sorry for the down time all day Wednesday. Our server was unable to handle the high traffic.

Jimmy Buffett was released from St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney today. Margaritaville sent this update at 6:30 ET:

“Jimmy has been released from the hospital and is doing well. Fins up”

The Today Show’s Richard Wilkins reported that Jimmy suffered a minor concussion with no trauma and required stitches on his elbow. He also said that he’s resting out of the hospital and in good spirits.

A forum member posted this about Jimmy’s good fortune:

When Jimmy fell he landed at the feet of one of Australia’s best trauma medicine specialists, Dr Gordian Fulde who is the Director of Emergency Medicine at St Vincents Hospital, just near the venue.

The good Dr travelled in the ambulance with Jimmy to the hospital where Dr Fulde oversaw the treatment.

ABC News has more from Dr. Fulde:

“I thought he’d broken his neck,” Sydney surgeon Gordian Fulde, who happened to be in the audience and treated Buffet at the scene, told 702 ABC Sydney.

“I heard the clunk of his head on a metal ledge, he has a deep gash on his scalp, which is all right now.

“But at first I thought – this guy is going to be a spinal injury.”

Buffett fell face-first as he reached out to a fan in the front row.

He misjudged how close he was to the edge of the stage because there were lights in his eyes, Dr Fulde said.

Buffett was knocked unconscious and left bleeding from a deep head wound.

Earlier in the day Eventfinder reported on their website that the show in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday was still on, but that post has now been removed from their site. So it’s unclear whether that show will be played.

We’ll post more info when it becomes available.

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