Mega-pastor Rick Warren is expected to recover after a yard accident at his California home that left him temporarily without sight and in "excruciating pain."
Warren, an avid gardener, was pruning a firestick plant in his yard on Monday when got some sap on his hands, wiped his brow and "immediately experienced excruciating pain in both eyes," according to his publicist, A. Larry Ross
. His wife, Kay, called 911 and an emergency squad rushed him to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he stayed overnight before his release on Tuesday.
Ross said Warren is wearing protective contact lenses and is using ointment to treat a chemical burn to his corneas, and was briefly unable to open his eyes. Doctors expect he will recover, the spokesman told Christianity Today
, "Thank you for your prayers for my eyes. Another doctor visit this PM. May God use this pain for his glory. Rom. 8:28"
Earlier, Warren said in a tweet
"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison. Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored."
Warren's vision has since improved, Ross said, though the pastor was still experiencing some discomfort.
The accident happened at his home in Southern California, where he pastors the Saddleback mega-church
that he founded 30 years ago.