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Ozzy Breathing on His Own

Rock legend is off ventilator

December 14, 2003 12:00 AM ET

One week after Ozzy Osbourne's near-fatal all terrain vehicle accident, he was removed from a ventilator and is now breathing on his own.

According to a statement by the Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Osbourne is responding well to treatment and his condition continues to improve. He underwent emergency surgery last week to repair a damaged blood vessel after overturning an ATV at his Buckinghamshire estate. The vehicle landed on top of Osbourne, who suffered eight broken ribs, a broken vertebra and a broken collarbone.

Osbourne, 55, stopped breathing and had no pulse at the scene of the accident, but a security guard resuscitated him. He was placed on the ventilator for the surgery; last week his wife, Sharon, said that doctors were hesitant to offer a timetable for his recovery until he was taken off the breathing apparatus.

While Osbourne recuperates, he's faring well on the U.K. charts. "Changes," his remake of the Black Sabbath classic with his daughter Kelly, claimed the Number One spot on the singles chart yesterday, heading towards the holiday and the much ballyhooed Christmas Number One.

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