People.com—New York, NY—June 27, 2010
"I knew right away that I had broken it," Morimoto, 55, told PEOPLE. "I thought, 'What if I can't go back to the kitchen?' My wrist is very important to me – it's my world, my job, my life."
Within a day of the accident, Dr. Andrew Weiland of Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City operated on Morimoto and inserted a very thin titanium plate in his right wrist. "He had one of the more severe fractures I've seen," says Weiland. "He's a big guy, so the impact was pretty great."
For six months, Morimoto worked with an occupational therapist at HSS doing hand exercises – practicing with a rubber knife – to increase Morimoto’s range of motion. He’s now able to chop and slice fish.
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