Valastro saw his right hand get severely injured last week in his bowling alley
The 43-year-old TV veteran had to endure two surgeries and is now recovering
On Monday he described the horrible incident while on the Today show
He called it a ‘freak accident’ that was ‘crazy’ before crediting his son
He said his child ‘jumped into action’ to free him from the machine
‘You know, it was crazy just the way it went down,’ said the pastry chef
‘But I really am so proud of my sons and brother-in-laws who were here’
‘And really helped jump into action to set me free and help put me on the road to recovery’
His has sons Buddy Jr., 16, Marco, 13, and Carlo, nine, and daughter Sofia, 17
Buddy Jr was also present during the Today interview on Monday
Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro saw his right hand get severely injured last week when he tried to fix the bowling pinsetter inside his bowling alley at his New Jersey home.
The 43-year-old TV veteran had to endure two surgeries and was in the hospital for several days as seen in Instagram photos.
On Monday he described the horrible incident while on the Today show as he called it a ‘freak accident’ that was ‘crazy’ before crediting his son with ‘jumping into action’ to free him from the machine that repeatedly cut into his hand.
He said he feels ‘as good as I can.’
‘It’s just a really freak accident. You know, it was crazy just the way it went down,’ said the pastry chef as he propped his bandaged hand on top of a pillow while wearing a white T-shirt and gold medallion as he sat inside his home in Montville, New Jersey.
‘But I really am so proud of my sons and brother-in-laws who were here and really helped jump into action to set me free and help put me on the road to recovery.’
His has sons Buddy Jr., 16, Marco, 13, and Carlo, nine, as well as daughter Sofia, 17, with wife Lisa.
Buddy Jr was also present during the Today interview.
After surgeries: Valastro injured his right hand so badly he has had to endure two surgeries; seen in the hospital last week.
He said, ‘I mean, he’s my dad… I knew I had to do something. My aunt was going crazy, people were crying. So, he told me to grab the saw, the tools. So I ran up and got them and got him out.’
Buddy said he jumped on the machine to fix it, which he has done many times in the past.
‘The machine got stuck and I went behind it to fix it, which I’ve done 100 times, and for one split moment I must’ve turned my head and then my right hand got caught between a fork and this other mechanism that goes through the fork and it kind of wedged my hand in there,’ he explained.
‘It blew through my ring finger and my middle finger as it barbed in my hand and I was stuck. It kind of crushed my thumb cause it was still moving back and forth.
‘For some crazy reason I’m on top of this thing and got this metal rod through my hand, blood is everywhere, I don’t know what kept me calm cause I was in excruciating pain.
‘Something told me to stay calm and I told my sons, “You have to get me off this machine.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of my two sons – they jumped into action – and within five minutes they had to undo a bolt, saw off one piece of metal, and then I was in my driveway. We jumped into my brother in law’s car and drove down to Morristown Hospital.’
Valastro also thanked first responders and doctors, saying, ‘when push really comes to shove, you see what a miracle worker they are.’
Valastro said a major tendon was damage but it’s ‘way too early to say exactly what’s going to happen.’
‘I hope to make a full recovery. I’m praying, we’ve got a lot of prayers,’ he said. ‘Moments like this actually do other things for you because I’ve always appreciated doctors and first responders and people who take care of us but when you wind up in a situation like this and they just took care of me and nursed me back to where I am. I am so forever grateful I want to kiss their hands and just thank them for doing what they did.’
Buddy then started crying when he said he was so proud of his son and expressed he felt bad that his son had to experience the accident. He then thanked his child.
Buddy will be spending the next few months in recovery as he tries to regain use of his hand.
The injury, which he has described as ‘terrible,’ happened over a week ago when he was bowling with his wife Lisa and their kids at his home in New Jersey.
Buddy shared the news on Facebook when he uploaded a photo of himself in a hospital bed with his arm propped up.
‘I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago,’ he wrote in the caption. ‘What do you think of my new accessory?’ he joked about his cast.
‘Hey guys, Buddy here, I had a really bad accident the other day at my house with my hand … thank you for all your love and support, we’re going to get through this together,’ he added on Instagram.
He was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is recovering at home.
His rep told People how the accident took place. ‘There was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter, a common fix in the past, but turned into a terrible accident,’ the rep said.
‘After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit,’ they continued.
‘Unable to remove his hand, he can see a 1-1/2′ metal rod slowly and repeatedly impale his hand three times between his ring finger and middle finger.’
He endured five minutes of the same move, crushing his hand.
His sons Buddy Jr and Marco sprung into action by using a reciprocating saw ‘to cut through the metal rod and relieve his father from the machine,’ according to the rep.
He was rushed to Morristown Memorial in New Jersey for his first surgery then Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for his second operation where orthopedic surgeon Dr Michelle Carlson worked on him.
‘It will be an uphill battle as it’s Buddy’s dominant right hand and he will need prolonged recovery and therapy,’ Valastro’s rep added.
Valastro is best known as the star of the reality television series Cake Boss, which premiered in April 2009.
In 2018 he said talked to People about how much he likes to stay at home.
‘Honestly, I don’t like to go out,’ he noted.
He revealed that in addition to a fully-stocked refrigerator his kitchen, he also has an industrial-sized fridge and freezer in their garage. ‘All Italians got a refrigerator in the garage,’ he told the magazine. ‘That’s what we do.’