A meteorologist for a Detroit television station has lost the vision in his left eye after a Fourth of July fireworks accident in Iowa.
WXYZ-TV chief meteorologist Dave Rexroth remains in the hospital in Iowa City and is set to undergo surgery on Wednesday that will begin the process of implanting a prosthetic eye, according to the TV station. He is expected to make a full recovery by September.
Rexroth, 48, was on vacation with his family in Iowa City when the accident occurred Friday night.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Iowa City officers were called after receiving reports of a person with burns from fireworks. Police and officials with Johnson County Ambulance Service and the Iowa City Fire Department responded a little after 10 p.m. on July 4.
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WXYZ vice president and general manager Ed Fernandez says that the station hopes for a speedy recovery and they are positive Rexroth will return in 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,” Fernandez said in a statement on WXYZ’s website.
Further details regarding the accident were not immediately available Monday.
According to The Oakland Press, Rexroth has received support across social media with more than 2,000 comments on his Facebook page about the accident, while over 3,000 have been posted on the station’s page.
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Rexroth has been with the station since 2000, and was named chief meteorologist in August 2010. He lives in Oakland County, Michigan, with his wife and three children, according to WXYZ.