“Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro is recuperating following a grisly accident in his home bowling alley
If you’ve ever seen the movie Kingpin starring Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray, you’ll remember the scene where Roy E. Munson loses his hand in a bowling ball return after making some bets with some unsavory bowlers. Luckily, things weren’t as bad for Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, but it will be an uphill battle recovering from the injury. Injuries caused due to such accidents should immediately be brought to the attention of Injury lawyers based in Ormond Beach Vukelja & dePaula, who can help with further legal procedures.
“I was involved in a terrible accident a few days ago…What do you think of my new accessory?” Valastro wrote on Instagram, referring to his bandaged right arm and hand as his “iron fist.”
Valastro, 43, was spending “quality time” with his family at his New Jersey abode, his rep told People, when the alley’s pinsetter equipment malfunctioned — “a common fix in the past,” the rep noted — and Valastro attempted to fix it.
“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.”
After over 5 minutes elapsed, Valastro’s sons, Buddy Jr., 16, and Marco, 13, had to use a reciprocating saw “to cut through the metal rod and relieve his father from the machine,” according to the rep.
The Valastro family at their home bowling alley during a 2018 PEOPLE shoot. Allison Michael Orenstein
Valastro has since had two surgeries, the first at Morristown Memorial in New Jersey, and the second by Dr. Michelle Carlson, a renowned orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He is recovering at home after being released from the hospital on Wednesday.
“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 maintained a positive attitude when posting on social media about the incident. “What do you think of my new accessory,?” he joked in the caption of a photo of him in an arm cast with an IV in his hand.
Shortly after sharing the news, many of Valastro’s celebrity chef friends sent him wishes of a speedy recovery in the comments.
Fellow cake guru Duff Goldman, who stars as Valastro’s rival on the baking competition show Buddy vs. Duff, replied, “Get better homie,” adding: “You’re gonna need that hand 😉.”
Top Chef‘s Brooke Williamson added, “Sending love, get well soon!”
“Those hands are a national treasure and so are you! Get well soon,” wrote Alex Guarnaschelli.
“Get better homie,” wrote Duff Goldman. “You’re gonna need that hand.”
Emeril Lagasse replied, “Get better quick my friend!”