Obama hurts himself while playing basketball

US President was inadvertently hit by an opposing player`s elbow in the lip.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 09:39 AM IST

New York: US President Barack Obama injured himself on Friday morning while playing a game of basketball with friends and family and had to be administered 12 stitches on his lips.

The President was inadvertently hit by an opposing player`s elbow in the lip while playing basketball and received 12 stitches administered by the White House Medical Unit, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said.

"They were done in the doctor`s office located on the ground floor of the White House," said the White House Press Secretary.

Obama was given a local anaesthesia while receiving the stitches.

"The medical unit that treated Obama used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and results in a smaller scar," Gibbs said.

PTI