CAKE Boss star Buddy Valastro has undergone ‘multiple surgeries’ following a bizarre bowling accident.
A pastry chef’s wife called 911 after a horrific incident.
What happened to Buddy Valastro’s hand?
Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro revealed he was hospitalized after a “terrible” bowling accident in September 2020 that “required multiple surgeries” on his hand.
The chef’s rep spoke to PEOPLE about the accident and testified that it happened while he was spending “quality time” with his family at their New Jersey home, which has its own bowling alley.
A spokesman said: “There was a malfunction in the bowling pinsetter, a common solution in the past, but it turned into a terrible accident.”
They continued: “After trying to free the pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand got stuck and squeezed inside the device.
“Unable to remove his hand, he saw a metal rod 1-1/2 inches thick slowly and repeatedly pierce his hand three times between the ring and middle fingers.”
Buddy’s sons—Buddy Jr. and Marco—then used a reciprocating saw “to cut through a metal bar and free their father from the car.”
What did he say about the accident?
Buddy opened up about the horrific accident on his Instagram stories, in which he tearfully recounted how his teenage son saved him after a metal rod pierced his arm.
He told his fans, “I had a very bad accident at my house the other day – my hand – and I’m at HSS in the city getting the best care possible.”
He then turned to his followers and said, “I just want to thank you guys for all the love and support and we’ll get through this together.”
The videos ended with Buddy blowing a kiss to the camera and telling his fans that he “loves” them.
How is Buddy feeling after the accident?
In April 2021, Buddy revealed that he had recently undergone another operation.
He called the procedure a “huge success” during an appearance on The Rachel Ray Show.
“I feel myself good. My hand starts to move. About a month ago I had the fifth operation,” he said then.
On September 20, 2021, Buddy spoke to Rachel Ray again and talked about the progress of his injury over the year and reported that his arm was 95% healed.
“If it’s as good as it gets, Rachel, I’ll agree,” he said.
Buddy revealed that he was back in the kitchen making baked goods and cited how lucky he was to be able to work again.
“The fact that I can still do what I love has been amazing,” he said.
In June 2022, Buddy again informed fans of his fifth operation and said that it was a “game changer” but added that he would still need one more.
“Before [the surgery]I really couldn’t do anything,” he said PEOPLE at that time.
“I couldn’t make cakes. I really couldn’t compress the package. My fingers were so stiff that I couldn’t even bend them.”
He then went on to discuss how his fifth operation helped him win the third season of Buddy vs. Duff.
“It was scary because I didn’t know if I could compete at all,” Buddy continued.
“…Honestly, there was no win or loss that season. The fact that I was able to come back and do my own thing was a win.
“I didn’t really care about winning… or beating Duff. I really wanted to say, “Hey, look, I can still do it, and do it at this level.” “
It is currently unclear when his sixth operation will be.
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