Jeremy Renner is celebrating his 52nd birthday with a message of gratitude to his medical care team.
The actor is continuing to recover in hospital from injuries sustained in a “freak” snowplow accident last week, which saw him “completely crushed” by the vehicle as a quick-thinking neighbour jumped into action and saved his life.
“Thank you renowned medical ICU team for beginning this journey,” Renner wrote over an image shared to his Instagram Story overnight.
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The snapshot shows the actor in a hospital bed, surrounded by medical professionals.
The overnight post is the third update Renner has shared to social media since being hospitalised.
He underwent two surgeries for blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries after he was crushed by a snowplow on New Year’s Day near his Nevada home. The Marvel star was clearing snow from a private driveway when the accident occurred, his publicist previously told CNN.
Renner also shared a brief video of supporters dancing to 50 Cent’s In Da Club to wish him a happy birthday, and he thanked them for the “birthday love.”
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Several other actors also sent birthday wishes to Renner.
“Happy birthday to one of the toughest guys I know,” wrote fellow Marvel star Chris Evans on his Instagram Story with a picture of Renner. “Sending so much love your way.”
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam said at a Tuesday news conference that Renner’s snowcat, an engine-powered machine used to clear snow, started to roll away while Renner was not in the driver’s seat.
He was injured as he tried to get back into the machine, Balaam said. Renner’s family members were with him when he was injured.
Authorities received a 911 call about the accident on New Year’s morning. The highway was closed due to severe winter weather. Because of the difficult weather, a helicopter was used to transport Renner to the hospital.
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