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Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren Temporarily Blinded While Gardening

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren temporarily blinded himself on Monday while pruning a firestick plant in his yard. According to reports, Warren was pruning shrubs in the yard of his Southern California home when he wiped his eyes after picking up leaves from a firestick plant.

A firestick plant, which is a succulent with spiky orange branches, produces toxic sap and can cause skin irritation and temporary blindness if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes.

Released from the hospital on Tuesday, Warren's vision was well enough Thursday morning for him to type.

"A doctor put protective contacts on my corneas as bandages during the healing. I am not blind. Thank you," the 56-year old tweeted.

Warren's spokesman, A. Larry Ross, told the media that Warren is expected to make a full recovery.


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