Gloria Hunniford has told how she cracked a bone in her face following a “horrific” fall, and it has left her “petrified” of tumbling again.
The 82-year-old TV presenter suffered the accident when she tripped over a rug onto a “very hard wooden floor” earlier this month, leaving her face and leg “black and blue”, but she returned to the ‘Loose Women’ panel on Wednesday (22.06.22) to tell all about the terrifying incident.
Speaking on the ITV show, she said: “This is my first day out [since the fall] and I couldn’t think of a nicer place to come. I had a big [fall] this time. I tripped over a rug and I took the fall totally on my face. I took it all on a very hard wooden floor.
“I’ve cracked a bone under my eye, unfortunately. There’s a bone under your eye that holds the socket in place, and that is unfortunately broken. As long as it doesn’t take the muscle down my eyesight is good.”
Gloria was worried she might have a clot in her brain following her fall, but fortunately she didn’t.
She said: “I was worried about a clot in the brain, because a friend of mine had a similar fall.
“I was very relieved to know that I didn’t. They [the NHS] were fantastic. They did my neck, they did everything they should’ve done.
“I’m mostly worried about the eye. I feel comfortable now that I know the right person [an eye specialist] to go to if anything happened.
“I also had my chest X-rayed because there was a pain down my chest, which has, fortunately, started to go away.
“I thought it was my sternum, but I think it’s just muscle. My leg is pretty horrific-looking, but it’s all still wrapped in stuff to help it to heal.”
Gloria suffered the fall just a day before she was due to be part of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant on June 5th, and she admits it has left her too scared to go to the shops in case she has another tumble.
She added: “I’m a reasonably confident person usually. I don’t want to sit doing nothing, that’s why I’m here today, but it does affect your confidence.
“Even in my own garden, steps I know very well … I’m petrified of falling again.
“I didn’t want to walk on [to the Loose Women set] today and make some stupid mistake and fall over.
“I haven’t been able to go out to shops. I do think I’ll walk along the street now looking for uneven pavement stones and things like that. Falls are bad, this one was bad.”