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Neil Patrick Harris Recovering in Hospital After Freak Accident

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Neil Patrick Harris revealed that he had surgery on his hand to cure the aftereffects of a chance encounter he had with a sea urchin while vacationing in Europe over the summer.

“Had surgery today,” he wrote Tuesday on Instagram. “I tripped and hand planted onto a sea urchin almost two months ago while climbing rocky cliffs in Croatia. Most of the tiny spines I dug out myself, but two refused to leave and one got infected.”

Harris said his injury was more serious than he thought. “Turns out it pierced through a tendon (see ultrasound video),” he said. But the actor is now “officially urchin free and on the mend” thanks to his medical team.

In August, Neil Patrick Harris vacationed in Croatia with husband David Burtka and their 9-year-old twins, Harper and Gideon. And, despite going home with that sea urchin souvenir, he seemed to have a great time overseas with his family.

“Had surgery today. I tripped and hand planted onto a sea urchin almost two months ago while climbing rocky cliffs in Croatia. Most of the tiny spines I dug out myself, but two refused to leave and one got infected. Turns out it pierced through a tendon (see ultrasound video). Well, thanks to the surgical talents of Dr. Dan Polatsch and his team, I’m officially urchin free and on the mend. Only drawback – having to wear this massive hand elevating contraption for the foreseeable future (see third pic). All in all, though, I have to say: uni is still delicious.”