Gloria Hunniford rushed to hospital after breaking bone in her face in fall

Gloria Hunniford arrives at Old Church, 1 Marylebone Road in London for the funeral of Supermarket Sweep star Dale Winton. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
Gloria Hunniford broke a bone in her face. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)

Gloria Hunniford has told how she had to be rushed to hospital after falling and breaking a bone under her eye.

The TV presenter, 82, was left black and blue after tripping over a rug and landing on her face, damaging a bone near the eye socket and hurting her leg.

She has now returned to Loose Women following the accident and said she “couldn't think of a nicer place to come”.

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Opening up about her fall, Hunniford said: “I took it all on a very hard wooden floor, and it was all on my face. So I've cracked a bone under my eye, unfortunately.

"There's a bone around your eye that sort of holds the socket in place. And that is actually broken.”

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“I thought, if I can get a Phantom Of The Opera mask I would have been fine, I could have had that,” she quipped.

Viewers were also shown a picture of Hunniford’s bruised leg, after panellist Jane Moore warned that it was “graphic”.

Hunniford said that after falling she also feared a blood clot.

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

The star admitted the tumble had shaken her confidence.

Gloria Hunniford attends the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, at Hampton Court, Teddington in London.
Gloria Hunniford said the fall has affected her confidence. (PA)

She said: “I'm a reasonably confident person usually. I don't want to sit doing nothing, that's why I'm here today, but it does affect your confidence.

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“Even in my own garden, steps I know very well. I'm petrified of falling again.”

“Falls are bad, this one was bad,” she added.

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