MONTVILLE, N.J. (NewsNation Now) — “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro says he worries he won’t be able to return to baking after a horrific bowling accident earlier this month left him with severe injuries requiring multiple surgeries.
Valastro, who is recovering at home in Montville, N.J., told People he was informed that a “long road to recovery” likely awaits him.
“I have a thing with my hands,” he said. “If I get a paper cut on my hand, I’m pissed off. My hands to me are my lifeline of everything I do, and I wonder, ‘Am I ever going to do what I used to be able to do?’ ”
Valastro was bowling with his family Sept. 20 when there was a malfunction with the bowling pinsetter; his right hand was impaled multiple times.
“After trying to release the bowling pin from the cage mechanism, his right hand became lodged and compressed inside the unit,” his spokesperson told People. “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.”
Valastro said the accident left him with “severe nerve damage, severe tendon damage and severe muscle damage” as well as a shattered thumb.
“I might not ever be able to pipe again. I don’t know,” he said. “Unfortunately, I might have to learn to do it with my other hand, you just don’t know. It’s one of those things that only time and rehabilitation will [tell] and God, really.”
The “Cake Boss” star has remained positive throughout, however.
“The prayers and support from all over the world has made me feel so special,” Valastro said after getting out of surgery earlier this month. “It makes me want to fight to get better for them. It makes me want to be the man that I was.”