Andy Lau, the well-known Hong Kong actor, was injured after being thrown off a horse while filming a commercial in Thailand on Tuesday, reports say.
The accident happened as Lau, 55, was shooting in Khao Lak, a location three hours away by road from Bangkok, according to the reports.
During the filming, the actor apparently lost control of a horse that he was riding, resulting in him being thrown to the ground.
After the fall, the horse landed a foot on Lau’s back, causing fractures on his lower back and pelvis.
Lau was immediately rushed to a local hospital before being flown back via a medical plane to Hong Kong early Thursday morning.
He was taken to the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, accompanied by his wife Carol Chu and his daughter, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The Airport Authority made some advance preparations as Lau’s flight landed at a private apron in Chek Lap Kok, in a bid to to stop the media from blocking the path towards the hospital.
Several fans have left comments on Lau’s Facebook page wishing him a speedy recovery.
Lau assured his fans that he is well. His manager issued a press release at 4pm Wednesday stating that Lau is recovering from a pelvic tear, Apple Daily reports.
A chiropractor named Chan Te-chang was quoted as saying that the torn pelvis is most likely a tearing in the ligaments nearby.
Less serious injuries require the help of a girdle for recovery while serious injuries require surgery to suture the wounds, and will take at least two months to heal.
Lau had been an ambassador for the beverage brand Tao Ti since 2000. He began shooting a new commercial on Monday in Thailand in which one scene required the star to be atop a horse.
In the past, Lau had been hurt once during filming with horses. During a 2007 shoot for the movie “The Warlords”, Lau fell off an animal but fortunately the injuries were not too serious.
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