Gloria Hunniford back on TV two days after crushing her finger
Loose Women presenter Gloria Hunniford has revealed how she had a lucky escape after a heavy bronze statue which she was attempting to move toppled over and crushed her finger.
The Portadown woman underwent two hours of surgery at the weekend to repair the injury, which happened when she was alone in the house in Sevenoaks, Kent, which she shares with her husband Stephen.
Less than 48 hours after the operation, the 75-year-old was back in the Loose Women studios, co-presenting the daily lunchtime show with her hand and arm bound up in a bandage.
She told fellow presenters Jane Moore, Ruth Langsford and Coleen Nolan that she was "lucky" the bronze statue of an angel had only crushed her finger when it fell over.
Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Gloria explained how she had smashed her finger. She said the accident, which took place in her conservatory on Friday morning, could have been a lot worse.
"It's a very heavy statue and would take about three men to lift it, so I wasn't actually trying to lift it at the time, just inch it along," said Gloria.
"Anyway, it must have been top heavy because it began to topple and it took me down with it.
"I got my finger caught and I cut it quite badly. It was very painful at the time but I had no idea it was broken."
Gloria's husband was out walking the dogs and had left his mobile phone at home so she rang a friend who, coincidentally, was on her way to the local hospital.
Her friend turned the car around, collected Gloria and brought her straight to A&E.
There, she was surprised to discover that the ring finger on her right hand was crushed.
The tendon was also damaged and Gloria was told she would have to have surgery.
"The pain's still very throbby as I had to have the finger wired together inside, but I'm very grateful that I had the operation done," she said.
"I'm on antibiotics and painkillers now but, in the grand scale of things, it could've been a lot worse.
"I was shocked to hear it was an open fracture but I wanted to do Loose Women today. After all, it wasn't my skull. I love angels and this is the irony."
Gloria's belief in angels began following the death in 2004 of her daughter Caron Keating from breast cancer. Caron, a former Blue Peter presenter, always believed that white feathers were the "calling cards" of angels.
When Caron died, Gloria began to find white feathers in many different places and in different circumstances, cementing her belief in the existence of angels.
Several years ago, she presented a new TV series called Angels, which allowed her to explore the phenomenon.
The presenter is expected to have her hand and arm in bandages for up to six weeks.