Ozzy Out of ICU and into Private Clinic

12/23/2003 at 05:53 PM EST

Ozzy Osbourne has been moved out of intensive care at England's Wexham Park Hospital, where he remained for the past two weeks after an all-terrain-vehicle accident at his country estate, according to British press reports.

Osbourne, 55, was originally placed on a ventilator after cracking a vertebra in his neck and breaking eight ribs. He also underwent emergency surgery for a damaged blood vessel.

A spokeswoman for the MTV patriarch said Osbourne was "progressing well" and has already been transferred to a private clinic, where he will continue his estimated six-month recuperation. The name and location of the clinic have not been disclosed.

"The Osbourne family are very happy that Ozzy has been allowed out of the intensive care unit for Christmas and would like to thank everyone for their kind support, well wishes and prayers," the spokeswoman said in a statement. "They would also like to thank all the staff at Wexham Park Hospital for the outstanding care and treatment that Ozzy has received since his arrival."

Last week, Osbourne's wife Sharon told Britain's GMTV that it would take half a year for Ozzy to recover completely, but "he will be back, he's not going anywhere. He'll be ordering everybody around, don't worry. ... He's busy telling jokes all the time, he's already asked two nurses to marry him."

Osbourne also was fitted with a seven-inch steel plate in the back of his neck because of the cracked vertebra, in order to support his neck as a precautionary measure.

As for how the accident happened, Sharon, 51, said: "He was just going across the land and he came to a bit that was uneven, the bike tipped over and bounced off his chest."

She added that Ozzy could have died had his security guard, Sam, not been with him at the time of the accident, "because Sam had to revive him, in fact twice."

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