WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth undergoes surgery to remove eye after fireworks accident

(WXYZ) - WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth underwent surgery today to remove his eye following a fireworks accident.

His doctor reports it went very well. The doctor confirms Dave’s eye was cut in the accident, but there were no actual burns – which will ease the process of replacing it with a prosthetic eye. Dave will remain in Iowa until a follow up exam scheduled for next Thursday. The plan is to return to Michigan after that to continue his recovery, and prepare for his next surgery.

Dave and his wife Deb again send their thanks for all of your thoughts, prayers and good wishes.

We will be sure to continue to update you on his progress.

On Tuesday, Dave posted a message on his Facebook page to express his appreciation to everyone who has sent words of love and support following the fireworks accident that resulted in the loss of his eye.

"Although the past few days have been challenging, I have been overwhelmed by the love and kind words from not only those closest to me but every single one of you," says Rexroth. "Over my 14 years in Detroit and southeast Michigan, I've been truly blessed with the most caring and supportive viewers, coworkers and friends ever. Your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement are really helping me get through this. Thank you all so much. I look forward to being back on air and being able to thank you directly."

Dave Rexroth was injured while vacationing with his family in Iowa City, Iowa. The fireworks accident, which happened on July 4, caused Dave to lose sight in his left eye.

After surgery and some recovery time, Dave will begin the process to receive a prosthetic eye. He expects to fully recover by September.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family and they have our full support during this difficult time. As Dave recovers, we’ll provide updates on his progress – and we look forward to his return to Action News,” said Ed Fernandez, vice president and general manager of WXYZ.

Share your "Get well soon" message with Dave Rexroth:

 -- Show Dave you're thinking of him with a photo to sendit@wxyz.com

 -- Post a message on Channel 7's Facebook page

 -- Leave a note on Dave's Facebook page

 -- Send a "Get well" tweet to @rexroth7wxyz

 

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