Gloria Hunniford broke her eye socket and injured her leg in a horror fall at her home ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The veteran broadcaster has since admitted that she is now “petrified” of falling over again after the incident.

The 82-year-old revealed on Loose Women: “I had a big one I’m afraid, this time. What I did was I tripped over a rug and I took the fall totally on my face.

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“‘I took it all on a very hard wooden floor and it was all on my face. I’ve cracked a bone under my eye.

“There’s a bone around your eye that sort of holds the socket in place and that is actually broken so as long as it doesn’t take the muscle down, my eyesight at the minute is good.”

Hunniford was meant to take part in a parade for the Jubilee celebrations, but had to pull out due to her injuries.

She confessed the fall has affected her confidence and she is now ‘petrified’ of tripping up again, and looks out for hazards when she is out and about now.

The Portadown-born star did, though, thanked the NHS after an ambulance arrived at her house inside 10 minutes.

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“I was worried about maybe a clot or something in my brain because a friend of mine had a similar fall and I was very relieved to know that I didn’t,” she added.

“They were fantastic and they did [scanned] my neck, they did everything that they should have done, but were mostly worried about the eye.”

She thought she had also cracked her sternum, but scans revealed it was just muscle damage.


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