Sid Owen seen for the first time since horror golf accident in Thailand left him with a fractured jaw – The Sun

EASTENDERS star Sid Owen has been seen for the first time since the horror golf accident in Thailand that left him with a fractured jaw.

The actor, 48, was spotted taking a stroll in Chigwell, Essex and appeared to be on the mend after he was forced to undergo emergency reconstructive surgery in February.

Sid was on a detox holiday in Thailand when a golf ball shattered his jaw and sent several teeth flying.

He said: “One minute I’m playing a round and the next I’m in total agony and on my way to hospital.

“But actually I’ve almost been lucky because they’ve told me if it had hit me two inches higher up I’d probably be dead from that sort of impact.”

Keen golfer Sid was playing with a friend on January 17 when a ball ricocheted off a tree into his face at close range.

He said: “I was stood about ten feet away when it hit me, hard, and of course it hurt like hell, but it was the shock factor too.

“I remember seeing two teeth fly straight out of my mouth but it turned out to be a fracture in my face and a broken jaw, along with another tooth embedded into my jaw.”

Sid was taken to hospital from the upmarket Siam Country Club Old Course near Bangkok for emergency facial surgery.

He recalled: “I had to have a bone graft, followed by several rounds of dental surgery because it was too much damage to try to treat it all at once.”

Meanwhile, speculation has been rife that Ricky is due to return to ­EastEnders after bosses re-cast his ex partner Bianca, played by Patsy Palmer.

But the accident cost Sid acting work and caused him to miss auditions.

He said: “I can’t really disclose anything at the moment, but I have had to turn stuff down and some auditions due to it so it is really costing me.”

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