Pastor Rick Warren temporarily blinded after gardening accident

Pastor Rick Warren was hospitalized earlier this week after suffering from an eye injury while gardening.

On Monday, Warren told all of his followers on Twitter that his eyes were “severely burned by a toxic poison” and he experienced “excruciating pain.”

Warren’s spokesman released a statement and said that the pastor was using gloves to prune two large firestick plants in his backyard. The succulent has a milky white sap that can cause temporary blindness. When Warren removed his gloves, he wiped his brow and both of his eyes immediately started to burn.

The pain was so excruciating that Warren couldn’t open his eyes for 24 hours.

The doctors told warren that he suffered chemical burn to the cornea, which caused temporary impairment of his vision. They expect him to make a full recovery.

Rick Warren is pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life. Please keep him in your prayers during his recovery process.

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  • Leah

    I hope he'll be okay. that sounded painful.

  • Leah

    I hope he'll be okay. that sounded painful.

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