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Its obvious from the picture that the LCD panel is broken. I repair such damage to laptops regularly, using either a new lcd panel or one from a dead donor laptop with the same panel. If you can lay your hands on an identical TV with a good panel then you should be good to go.
As for the 8 hour drive, put on some good music, enjoy the scenery and take very good care of the replacement so it doesn't get broken on the trip home.
Of course, it won't be easy exchanging the panel, lots of disassembly, lots of screws, lots of connections and lots of care needed when removing the panel from the old TV and putting it into the new TV to make sure it doesn't flex too much and crack. Like a sheet of glass, keep it vertical and well supported. A 52" panel is going to be heavy!