Simon Cowell hospitalized for surgery on broken back after falling off his ...

Simon Cowell came within 'one-centimetre of being paralysed' when he fell from his electric bicycle and broke his back in several places.

The 60-year-old entertainment mogul is said to be recovering well after having six-hour emergency surgery which saw a metal rod placed in his back.

He was operated on during Saturday night after the accident at his Malibu home earlier in the afternoon.  

Injury: Simon Cowell, 60, has been hospitalized after falling off his bike whilst taking it for a test drive at his house in Malibu, California (Pictured with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in 2018)

 Injury: Simon Cowell, 60, has been hospitalized after falling off his bike whilst taking it for a test drive at his house in Malibu, California (Pictured with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in 2018)

A source told The Mirror: 'Simon fell flat on his back and the doctors say the impact missed his spinal cord by about a centimetre and it could have been a lot, lot more serious.'

Simon broke his back in a number of places in the accident, with a spokesperson telling MailOnline that he is now 'under observation and doing fine.' 

However it will take him some time to recover and it is expected that Simon will remain in hospital for at least the next few days.  

A representative also confirmed that he had a 'metal rod' put into his back during the lengthy procedure which happened overnight on Saturday. 

While a source told People: 'He has had to have a number of fusions and metal rod put into his back... The injuries are bad but he's also been told he was lucky.'

Earlier on Sunday a rep explained what happened. They said: 'Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family.

'He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He's doing fine, he's under observation and is in the best possible hands.'

It is not currently clear exactly what kind of back injury Cowell has, but a 'broken back' often refers to a fracture in a part of the spine.  

Treatment: 'Simon has broken his back and will be having surgery this evening,' his representative revealed to People, confirming the star was riding his bike at his Malibu home

Treatment: 'Simon has broken his back and will be having surgery this evening,' his representative revealed to People, confirming the star was riding his bike at his Malibu home 

This involves a break in at least one of the vertebrae that make up the back bone and protect your spinal cord.

Fractures in the back can often cause severe pain and can severely restrict movement, with some patients needing a back brace while they recover.

If the spinal cord is also damaged the injuries can have more severe long term consequences. The higher up the spinal cord the more movement will be restricted. 

MailOnline has contacted Simon Cowell's representatives for further comment.  

It's unclear whether or not he will now be able to participate in either the upcoming series of Britain's Got Talent or its US equivalent show. 

Simon is due to return to America's Got Talent next week, with the first live show set to air on Tuesday August 11. 

Last week it emerged that his commitment to the upcoming shows would be compromised due to a timetable clash.

The talent show maestro was already set to miss out on the BGT semi-finals this year for the first time as production takes place at the same time as America's Got Talent due to COVID-19 delays. 

Prior to his fall, a source told The Sun: 'Simon is gutted to not be physically there for the semi- finals, but he'll be there virtually, casting an eye over the talent and imparting his views in every show.  

'Normally, schedules mean Simon can do both but AGT's dates haven't moved while BGT's have due to coronavirus.' 

Accident: The rep explained: 'Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family

Accident: The rep explained: 'Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family

What will happen? It's unclear whether or not Simon will now be able to participate in either the upcoming series of Britain's Got Talent or its US equivalent show

What will happen? It's unclear whether or not Simon will now be able to participate in either the upcoming series of Britain's Got Talent or its US equivalent show 

What is a 'broken back'?

The 60-year-old music mogul has broken his back after falling from an electric bicycle while at his home in Malibu, California. 

It is not currently clear exactly what kind of back injury Cowell has, but a 'broken back' often refers to a fracture in a part of the spine.  

This involves a break in at least one of the vertebrae that make up the back bone and protect your spinal cord.

The spinal cord sends transmits signals from the brain to the rest of the body, and any damage to it can cause paralysis.

A number of medical conditions such as osteoporosis or spinal tumours can naturally weaken the back.  

There are different types of fractures you can suffer such as a Chance fracture

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