Kaley Cuoco Almost Lost a Leg in a Horse Riding Accident

Kaley Cuoco and her co-stars from The Big Bang Theory are talking about the scary horseback riding accident she was in more than 10 years ago. At the time, she almost had to have her leg cut off.

In an excerpt from Jessica Radloff’s book The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive, Inside Story of the Epic Hit Series, the 36-year-old actress talked about the incident with co-star Johnny Galecki and Big Bang creator Chuck Lorre. The excerpt was shared with Vanity Fair.

“That was the darkest, most frightening time in all twelve years [of the show],” Lorre said. “Kaley could have lost her leg. It was a series of miracles that allowed us to get through that and for her to come out the other end of that healthy.” “They were talking about amputating her leg, which was devastating to hear,” Galecki, 47, added.

 

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Kaley Cuoco, who loves horse jumping and competing on them, was riding at a ranch in Los Angeles in September 2010 when her horse got scared and she fell off. The horse tried to jump over her a few seconds later, but it fell on her left leg. Cuoco was taken to the hospital right away because she was badly hurt.

Lorre said it was “heaven-sent” that he met Dr. Stephen Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic for Sports Medicine at Cedars-Sinai, who helped him with Cuoco’s leg injury. In less than two hours, he said, the actress would be “in surgery with the best surgeons available to stop an infection because her leg was wide open.”

In the excerpt, Cuoco shared more: “Before I went into surgery, they made me sign something that said, ‘We don’t know until we get in there and see this leg, and it could come out that you don’t have it anymore.’ That wasn’t the case, obviously, but I had to sign something that said, ‘OK, you can,’ ” Cuoco said in the excerpt.

“Everything ended up fine, and I was up and working a week later, but the doctors acted like I was never going to walk again. It’s still too much for me to go into, and it sounded way worse than it was. And of course it was spiralling and everyone was freaking out, which I get. It scared people.”

 

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“But I think it scared people in a good way, myself included,” Galecki said. “The first day I saw you in that state, I just shed tears in my garage.”

At first, doctors thought Kaley Cuoco wouldn’t be able to walk again for months. But after two weeks in the hospital, she got a walking boot and was able to walk again. Cuoco was written out of two episodes of The Big Bang because of the accident, but Lorre said that if Cuoco had lost a limb, the CBS hit sitcom could have ended.

“It was an absolutely miraculous intervention that I ran into Dr. Steve,” Lorre said. “Every time I see him, I say, ‘Thank you! You saved Kaley! On a lesser level, you saved The Big Bang Theory!'”

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