WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, says chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth will return to work next week. Rexroth lost his left eye in a fireworks accident on July 4th, and the station says he has had surgery and received a prosthetic eye. Rexroth sent photos that show he’s healed from the surgery, and as the station notes in a blog post, it’s difficult to tell anything has changed.
Before receiving the prosthetic, Rexroth shared his gratitude with WXYZ viewers:
“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.”