It's one of the most devastating injuries in the history of sports, but it's not keeping Kevin Ware down.
The 20-year-old Louisville basketball star was back on his feet today, just hours after the horrific leg fracture that had his right tibia breaking through the skin in a stomach-churning moment.
'I'll be back next season,' Ware tweeted to his fans from his bed at Methodist Hospital in Indiana on Monday.
Earlier, he was pictured sporting a leg cast, a pair of crutches and a Final Four hat.
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Up and running: Kevin Ware was pictured in crutches and a Final Four hat hours after suffering the grisly injury
On the mend: Ware poses with Coach Rick Pitino, left, son Richard Pitino, right, and the NCAA regional championship trophy as they visited him in his hospital room on Monday morning
Doctors say that the surgery to repair the break was successful, and while his road to recovery is a daunting one, he should be able to play again.
The Cardinals plan to leave for the Final Four in Atlanta on Wednesday night, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino said they expect to have Ware traveling with them.
Ware is originally from New York City, but he moved to the Atlanta area before high school.
Showing some leg: Ware posted a photo on Twitter of his surgically-repaired leg on Monday
'He gets to go home, be with his family and be with us on the bench,' Pitino said. 'He's in very good spirits and anxious to get out of the hospital and get back with the guys.
Through his Twitter account, Ware thanked his fans for their support and NCAA president Mark Emmert for visiting him in the hospital.
He also posted a photo of his surgically-repaired leg as he laid in his hospital bed.
Ware's girlfriend stayed with him overnight, and his mother and her husband arrived Monday.
'She just needed to see him this morning,' Pitino said. 'She was crying all night. Once she gave him a hug this morning, she was fine. Everything is good right now.'
Ware's injury, which dominated social media on Sunday night, got the attention of everyone from famous athletes to celebrities.
Television analyst Greg Anthony and even Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called him Monday to see how Ware was doing.
Senior athletic director Kevin Klein tweeted that Ware will be hospitalized until tomorrow, when he's expected to re-join his team as they travel to Atlanta for the semifinal game.
After the injury, which took place in front of millions of horrified TV viewers, Ware valiantly told teammates: 'Don't worry about me, win this thing' after he landed badly from a jump to block a three-point shot during the Louisville-Duke game on Sunday night.
Pitino and the Louisville team were in tears and some even vomited as Ware screamed in pain and writhed in agony on the court.