‘Only time will tell’: Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro says he’ll never make cakes again after devastating hand injury
- The 43-year-old Food Network star has severely damaged nerves in his right hand
- It happened because of a malfunction in his home bowling alley in September
- The famous baker has undergone three surgeries and represents more procedures and ongoing physiotherapy
- Valastro told ET his fingers will ‘always feel numb and stiff’
- “It’s really going to be a matter of time to see what exactly comes back,” he said
Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro says he may never make cakes again after a devastating accident that severely damaged his right hand.
The famous baker, 43, admits that ‘only time will tell’ whether he regains the use and dexterity of his hand.
“Frankly, I don’t know how much I can do,” he said in an interview with Entertainment tonight Thursday. “I don’t really have that much exercise, that much strength, agility … So it’s really just a matter of continuing to rehabilitate.”
Uncertain future: Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro said in an interview on Thursday that he should never make cakes again after an accident that seriously damaged his right hand
Valastro explained that while the scars have healed, he has suffered severe nerve damage and his fingers will “always feel numb and stiff.”
“I’d say I’ve probably got 10 or 15 percent of the strength I used to have … It’s just really going to be a matter of time to see what exactly comes back with the guts,” he said.
He has had three surgeries on his right hand and has two or three more procedures, depending on his progress in physical therapy.
It may also take a year for the swelling in his hand to subside.
Devastating Injury: Valastro explained in an interview with ET that although scars have healed, he has suffered extensive nerve damage and his fingers will “ always feel numb and stiff ”
Long Road to Recovery: The Food Network personality, pictured at a promotional event for Caesars Casino earlier this month, has had three surgeries on his right hand and has two or three more to come, depending on his progress in physical therapy
Painful: It can also take up to a year for the swelling in his hand to subside, he revealed
He sustained the possible career-ending injury when a pinsetter in his own bowling alley malfunctioned and his hand became trapped in the unit while attempting to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism.
A one and a half inch metal bar pierced his hand between his ring and middle fingers three times.
His sons Buddy Jr., 16, and Marco, 13, had to use a saw to free their father from the machine, and he was hospitalized for treatment.
He told ET that he tries to remain optimistic about the future and focus on the positives.
‘I still have my hand good. I could have lost fingers, passed through my wrist, and been a lot worse. So I take it every day and cake for cake, ”said Valastro.
Hospitalization: Valastro’s hand was pierced three times with a metal rod after it got stuck in a pinsetter at his own bowling alley in September. His sons had to use a saw to cut it free
The Cake Boss star is promoting his Food Network special Buddy vs. Christmas, which was filmed before his accident.
The holiday special will premiere on the channel on Sunday.
TLC will also air a two-hour special on Dec. 23 on the reality star’s journey since the accident and how he’s working to heal his hand.
Back on TV: The Cake Boss star, pictured in 2016, is promoting his Food Network special Buddy vs. Christmas which was filmed before his accident