Firestick Plant Causes Temporary Blindness To Pastor Rick Warren

July 23rd, 2010 - 7:38 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
firestickJuly 23, (THAINDIAN NEWS) In a recent development an evangelical preacher named Rick Warren inflicted damage on his eyes unwillingly after he was working in his garden and got toxic extract from a tree into his eyes. He was taken to a hospital for treatment where he is recuperating. He is known for his book named Purpose Driven Life. As per the reports obtained, he was in his garden and there were two firestick plants. These plants secrete a concentrated white sap that can result in temporary loss of vision in humans. When he completed the work, the pastor accidentally wiped his brow with his hands. This started all the trouble.

After rubbing his brows, the pastor felt a burning sensation in his eyes. The pain was extremely severe, so much so that he was unable to open his eyes for the next 24 hours. He was taken to Mission Viejo’s Mission Hospital. His eyes were covered with a protective bandage to give him some amount of relief. Later the pastor tweeted to his friends and followers saying that he has recovered and his vision has not been adversely affected by the incident. The sap secreted by the plant is a toxic poison.

The pastor was told that his vision will not suffer but the pain was unbearable according to him. However, his friends are assured that he is recuperating well at the hospital. The cornea of his eyes suffered temporary damage but it will not affect him in future the doctors have said. A number of tests will be conducted on him to ensure the eyesight is perfect.

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