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Aug 30, 2011 8:57 PM

Man impaled with pruning shears speaks out

TUCSON - An 86-year-old Green Valley man, who almost lost his right eye in a freakish gardening accident spoke out for the first time today.

Leroy Luetscher was prunning some bushes; he dropped his shears, blade down and they stuck in the ground. He went down to pick them up and lost his balance and fell directly on the shears' handle.

This morning at University Medical Center, he spoke about the event.

"And I can tell you I never had pain like this in my life," says Luetscher.

Surgeons were able to save his eye.

"I can cover this eye right now and I can see all of you as good as I can see out of this eye. But when I see out of both of them, now I don't have much double vision," says Luetscher.

He's making a fast recovery, but says he's in no hurry to get back to yard work.

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