While quarantining in his private home in New Jersey, Valastro was bowling in his in-home alley with his family when the pinsetter malfunctioned.
Valastro reached his hand into the machine to try to fix it and severely injured his hand in the process, leaving the future of his baking career unknown.
Valastro suffered extensive nerve, tendon, and muscle damage that required two surgeries. In addition, he also requires ongoing physical therapy, and possibly more surgery, as part of a recovery process that is estimated to take several months.
Although the injury is sure to have a negative impact on the baker’s career, the celebrity baker just considers himself lucky to be alive.
“It went through my hand and through my two fingers, but if it was four inches lower, it would have hit my wrist and forget it, I could have bled out,” he explained. “You don’t realize how close you were — or it could have ripped my fingers off. So much could have happened.”
A Tasty Surprise
To thank the doctors that saved his hand, Valastro posted a few snaps of his work on Instagram with the caption, “Check out the super special cake I made for Dr. Michelle Carlson, the nurses and staff at @hspecialsurgery as a token of my immense appreciation.”
He added, “It replicates the main hospital there in #NYC. I could never thank them enough for all they have done to help me on this journey to a full recovery,” alongside a heart emoji.
Can He Still Bake?
Although it’s extremely difficult, Valastro says that he is teaching himself how to become ambidextrous, although he’s understandably favoring his left hand more than his right.
Valastro has been sharing his recovery journey with his fans, and even posted a few photos of himself surrounded by his family while he practiced piping a detailed swirl with his left hand.
Even still, the “Kitchen Boss” has some reservations about his continued work, saying, “I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to ice a cake the same way or be as fast as I used to be. That’s still to be discovered, and not knowing kind of sucks.”
Valastro credits his fans and family the most in his recovery, citing his wife Lisa and their four children, Sophia, 17, Buddy Jr., 16, Marco, 13, and Carlo, 9, as instrumental to his recovery.
Valastro describes himself as “blessed to have my beautiful family by my side and so grateful for all the love and support from my social media family.”
For fans who are interested in learning more, Valastro documented his recovery at his home and at his famous Carlo’s bakery and released a TLC special entitled “Buddy Valastro: Road to Recovery.” The 85-minute special, which first debuted on December 23, 2020, is now available for streaming.