It’s been nearly one year since actor Jeremy Renner was involved in a traumatic snowplow accident at his Nevada home that left him hospitalized with major injuries. As Renner continues recovering, he marked the somber anniversary with a heartfelt tribute to the first responders and medical staff who saved his life. Renner also released new music dedicated to his daughter and visited the Reno hospital to personally thank those involved in his care. The harrowing ordeal has given Renner a renewed outlook on life and his acting career.
Accident and Injuries
On January 1, 2023, Renner was run over by a 14,330-pound snowplow while attempting to stop the vehicle from sliding on a steep roadway near his home in Reno. The snowplow crushed Renner’s right leg, causing major blood loss and trauma to his chest, upper body and face (source).
Renner was airlifted to a nearby hospital and required surgery for over 30 broken bones. He spent weeks in the intensive care unit in critical condition. At one point, there were concerns that Renner would not pull through or would lose his leg. Miraculously, Renner survived despite the immense life-threatening injuries to his body (sources 1, 2).
|Crushed right leg
|Upper body trauma
|Over 30 broken bones
Reflecting One Year Later
In a recent interview, Renner reflected on the anniversary of the harrowing accident that nearly took his life.
“It’s been a long road of recovery. The injuries were substantial but I’ve gained a whole new perspective on life after what I’ve gone through,” said Renner. “I was surrounded by my family when the accident first happened. I got to look at them and just think ‘Wow, this could have easily been it.’ I could not be with my kids anymore and my family.”
The experience has changed Renner’s outlook and made him more grateful for every day. The actor credited his 10-year-old daughter Ava as the #1 reason for fighting through months of surgeries and painful rehabilitation.
“As messed up as it was, it was also a gift to really want to live differently going forward,” said Renner. I got to really take inventory on all that is good and great in my life.”
To mark the anniversary, Renner visited the Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, the hospital that first treated him after the incident. He thanked the doctors, nurses and first responders who rushed to his aid and worked tirelessly to save his life last New Years Day.
“If it was not for the excellent staff, surgeons, nurses and a healthcare team at Renown Hospital in Reno, I definitely would not be writing this message today,” said Renner. “I will be forever grateful for the tireless dedication and skill that was clearly on display that night. It was deeply moving to return to say thank you.”
The Mayor of Kingstown star also released a new single titled “Brighter Days” featuring footage from his recovery journey. The music video is dedicated to his daughter Ava, who stood by Renner’s side at the hospital on the night of the accident.
Career Plans Going Forward
Despite undergoing over 30 surgeries to repair extensive damage, Renner has made remarkable strides in his recovery over the past year. He is now able to walk unassisted and has regained much mobility. Sources report that Renner has returned to work filming season 3 of his Paramount+ series Mayor of Kingstown.
“I’ve been training and getting strong again so I can begin filming season 3 of Mayor of Kingstown,” said Renner. “The set is like my second home and I can’t wait to continue Mike McLusky’s journey with my cast and crew mates.”
The action series follows Renner’s character, a power broker in a small Michigan town. Production is currently underway despite earlier doubts that Renner would ever return to such an intense physical role after the injuries sustained a year ago.
Going forward, Renner hopes to continue acting while finding more balance to spend time with family. Sources say he has several secret film projects in development behind the scenes. Nearly losing his life has renewed Renner’s passion for creating meaningful entertainment.
Jeremy Renner survived unimaginable injuries and a near-death experience one year ago today. As he reflects on his accident, Renner is focused on counting his blessings, thanking those who saved him, and looking ahead to new creative endeavors. From visiting the hospital that treated him to releasing a tribute song for his daughter, this anniversary marks a poignant milestone in Renner’s recovery journey.
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