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Doctors Work to Remove Ozzy's Ventilator

12/10/2003 AT 01:30 AM EST

Ozzy Osbourne will remain on a ventilator for most of Wednesday after fracturing eight ribs and a vertebra in an all-terrain vehicle crash, doctors at the Wexham Park Hospital in southern England tell Reuters.

"We have begun, slowly begun, the process of getting him off the ventilator," said Dick Jack, medical director where the MTV star and former Black Sabbath lead singer, 55, is being treated.

"Now, this can take several days so there won't be any major changes in his condition for the next 24 hours," Jack told reporters outside the hospital on Tuesday. "His progress is steady. He is stable, he is comfortable and satisfactory but it's going to be slow and I don't expect any major changes, certainly for 24 hours."

Osbourne's wife, Sharon, made the 5,000-mile trek from Beverly Hills to her husband's bedside Tuesday, the day after Ozzy underwent emergency surgery following a crash that occurred during a day off from promoting his new single (a duet with his daughter Kelly, "Changes").

"I've not heard how he is since last night," Sharon, 51, told reporters as she arrived at London's Heathrow airport. "I haven't managed to speak to him on the phone, and I am going straight to hospital to see him."

She added: "I heard about the accident from my husband's security guard. Apparently he was on his quad bike when he hit something and fell and the bike landed on top of him."

Osbourne's tour manager Bill Greer later told reporters that Sharon and the couple's daughter Kelly, 19, visited Ozzy but he was unable to talk to them because of his condition.

"I know they spent some time just talking with him and being by his side," Greer said. "(Sharon) really wanted me to wish thanks to everybody, all the well-wishers for all the messages, all the flowers, all the words of goodwill to Ozzy. It certainly means a lot to her and it means a lot to Ozzy, as well."

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