Posted 7:19 AM 7/25/2012 : Green Valley man talks about recovery one year after freak gardening accident
GREEN VALLEY, Ariz.-It has been almost a year now since an elderly man from Green Valley nearly lost his right eye in a freak gardening accident.
87-Year-Old Leroy Luetscher made national headlines when his pruning shears pierced right through his eye socket on July 30, 2011.
Today he is still living in his Green Valley home. His right eye has a bit of redness and he has to wear glasses at all times to prevent himself from seeing double. But other than that, Luetscher says he's doing just fine. "I feel normal," Luetscher says.
His story, nothing short of a miracle. Last July he was returning from a trip to the mailbox, when he decided to start trimming some of his neighbor's plants. He lost his balance and fell to the ground.
The handle from the pruning shears he was carrying went straight into his eye socket. "The shears went underneath my eye and down alongside my jaw and broke all bones in my jaw and everything," Luetscher says.
Surgeons over at the University of Arizona Medical Center were able to get the shears out of his eye. "They asked me on a scale of 1 to 10 what the pain was, and I told them a 10," Luetscher remembers.
Immediately after the accident he started seeing his eye doctor once every couple of weeks.
Today Luetscher says he doesn't do much gardening, but if he does he tries to be cautious. "I have no advice other than to be careful, you just can't be careful enough," Luetscher says.
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