The 52-year-old actor Jeremy Renner, who has appeared in films including "The Avengers" and "The Town," is making a full recovery following a devastating snowplough accident. On Saturday, the actor thanked his friends and followers on Instagram while posting a picture of himself lying in a hospital bed receiving physical therapy.
"Morning workouts, resolutions all changed this particular new years …. Spawned from tragedy for my entire family, and quickly focused into uniting actionable love ?? I want to thank EVERYONE for their messages and thoughtfulness for my family and I ….
Much love and appreciation to you all. These 30 plus broken bones will mend , grow stronger, just like the love and bond with family and friends deepens . Love and blessings to you all ????" Renner wrote in the caption of his post.
On January 1, Renner was involved in an accident with a "very enormous piece of snow-removal equipment" that he owned.
According to a statement from Renner's representatives, the mishap occurred as he cleared his driveway and assisted his neighbors with snow removal. Renner was taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter and underwent emergency surgery the next day.
The actor suffered "blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries," according to the statement. A source close to Renner told PEOPLE that while the actor is making positive progress, he faces "a long road to recovery." "Jeremy is making positive progress," said the source.
"He is crushing all the progress goals. We couldn't feel more positive about the road ahead." Renner's optimism was echoed by his sister Kym. The actor has taken this accident as an opportunity to unite his family and friends and to grow stronger from the tragedy.
He has also expressed his gratitude to everyone who sent messages and thoughts to him and his family. "Jeremy is making positive progress," said sister Kym. "He is crushing all the progress goals. We couldn't feel more positive about the road ahead." The accident is a reminder of the importance of safety when using heavy equipment, and also of the power of love and support to help people recover from injuries and move forward.