Medical miracle: Dutchess County man regains 20/20 vision after deer antler pierces his eye

Matthew Dzierzanowski, 50, of Wappingers Falls, was involved in a freak accident in his garage last year.

News 12 Staff

Aug 21, 2020, 11:29 PM

Updated 1,366 days ago

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A Dutchess County man is proof that medical miracles do happen following an injury to his eye.
Matthew Dzierzanowski, 50, of Wappingers Falls, was involved in a freak accident in his garage last year. The Metro-North train conductor threw a tarp on a shelf and knocked down a deer head. The antler from the deer head then pierced his eye.
"And like a grappling hook, the antlers pierced my left eye," says Dzierzanowski.
It was a frightening moment for him, his wife and then 1-year-old daughter. Dzierzanowski underwent multiple surgeries at Mount Sinai's New York Eye and Ear Infirmary to save his eye and his career.
"To be a train conductor you have to have binocular vision - vision in both eyes and that vision has to be 20/20 or better," says Dzierzanowski.
One year later a team of specialized physicians, including Dr. Ronald Gentile are being credited for Dzierzanowski's full recovery when his prognosis seemed bleak.
"His chance of recovering his vision from the injury was less than 2%," says Dr. Gentile.
Dzierzanowski says if it wasn't for the doctors he wouldn't have vision in his eye at all.
Metro-North President Cathy Rinaldi issued a statement saying, "Matthew is a valuable member of the Metro-North team and we are so glad to have him back. His strong work ethic and wonderful personality were missed by his coworkers and riders alike. Knowing what he went through is a shining example of his resiliency that has been on display throughout his nearly 20 years at Metro-North."


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