Food Network Host Marc Summers Recovering After Face Damaged in Taxi Accident
Food Network star Marc Summers said he had to have four hours of plastic surgery on his face after an accident in a Philadelphia taxi cab during a torrential downpour, UPI.com reports. Summers, who had just returned to Philadelphia International Airport from Los Angeles (and who lives in both cities) told Dan Gross of the Daily News that the accident happened on Friday, August 10, Molly Eichel writes for Philly.com.
Eichel adds that Summers wrote via text message, referring to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: “I asked them to take me to HUP. They’re the best.”
The 60-year-old Summers, host of the show “Unwrapped,” as People Magazine’s Liza Hamm writes, was riding in the cab after taping an episode of the cable show “Restaurant Impossible,” according to UPI.com.
People Magazine says the taxi hydroplaned and went out of control, causing Summers to hit the plastic partition between the cab’s front and back seats, resulting in several broken bones in his face.
Hamm quotes Summers:
‘Everything on the left side [of my face] from my eye socket down was just wiped out,’ he tells PEOPLE. ‘My eye socket got all swollen. I’m having trouble seeing completely out of the left eye […] There’s lots of titanium and screws in my face.
‘I was pretty lucky that I didn’t have brain damage,’ Summers adds.
Summers told Hamm he can’t remember the moment of impact, but does remember what led up to the accident and what happened afterwards:
‘I knew when [the driver] lost control that I was in trouble. I was on the phone with my supervising producer and I said, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to crash!” he recalls. ‘Next thing I knew, I woke up and had blood all over me.’
According to People Magazine, Summers’ surgeon told him that although the accident caused a lot of damage to his face, the swelling will decrease in a few weeks and no one will know his face had been damaged.
Summers told TMZ.com that since the accident, his Food Network chef friends like Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon have offered to make him special get-well meals. But because he is still having trouble opening his mouth, and can’t chew well, he has been limited to soft food items like pasta and purees.