Channel 7’s Rexroth: ‘Within an instant everything was very different’

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Speaking publicly for the first time since losing his eye in a fireworks accident on July 4, WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth recounted the horrifying experience Friday night.

“I don’t remember exactly what happened, but I do remember trying to fix something and within an instant everything was very different,” Rexroth said in an interview with WXYZ.

Rexroth didn’t elaborate on the type of fireworks he was using or how the accident happened, but he remembers calling his son for help.

“Before I knew really what was going on, I was in shock and the adrenaline had taken over my body and I was unfortunately calling for my oldest son, who was close to me, and begging for help,” Rexroth said.

Rexroth was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent more than seven hours of surgery in what turned out to be an unsuccessful attempt to save his eye.

“It was a horrible thing to have gone through,” Rexroth said, occasionally choking up.

Rexroth underwent surgery Wednesday to have his eye removed.

“I thought that would be the worst of it, but that was actually the best of it. Once we got to that point and had the surgery done Wednesday, I knew what was done was done.”

After the surgery, Rexroth said, “I don’t know how, but I woke up with a sense of hope.”

Rexroth will receive a prosthetic eye.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.