Joy Behar was missing from The View as she was hospitalized for 'Avocado Hand'

Joy Behar was missing from The View as she was hospitalized for 'Avocado Hand'

Many doctors believe that the injury is so ubiquitous that the fruit should come with a warning sign

Joy Behar had been missing from The View for a while but the 75-year-old host returned on the show on Tuesday (June 12) and revealed the reason for her absence.

She told her audience that she had been in an accident and had to be hospitalized for the same.

“Saturday night, on my way to the event at the retreat, I stabbed myself in the hand with a knife,” Joy said. 

Joy reveals she was hospitalized after stabbing her hand  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Family Equality Council)
Joy reveals she was hospitalized after stabbing her hand  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Family Equality Council)

“I was trying to desperately eat something, so I was trying to open up an avocado and I stuck the knife into the pit to get it out … and I stabbed myself,” she shared.

Joy admitted that she had “never had pain quite so intense, it was awful.” The real reason Joy spoke about the incident was to tell people that as crazy as it sounded, there were many who ended up in the hospital due to this. She called this 'Avocado Hand'. 

“Apparently, there is a syndrome called Avocado Hand. It’s real. And the doctor said, ‘Oh, we get this all the time,’ ” she explained. “So anytime you’re holding the item and you try to cut it, you can get this. So what happened was I guess there must have been an infection, they put me in the hospital overnight.”

During her hospitalization, Joy said she was on an “antibiotic drip” every six hours. However, she assured her fans she was feeling 'better' now. 

Joy said she has never felt such pain  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Joy said she has never felt such pain  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

“I said, ‘Doctor, I need this finger.’ Because you can lose it by the way,” said Joy. Even though Joy was given a protective glove and an avocado slicer so that the incident is not repeated, she did have some thoughts on how people could prevent an injury like this happening to them in the future. 

“I was thinking instead of this, I’m going to leave the dicing to Rachael Ray and I’m only going to buy ready-made guacamole,” she said. 

As bizarre as it may seem, Simon Eccles, the secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, told the U.K.’s The Times in 2017 that he sees nearly four people every day who come to him with an injury caused due to cutting an avocado.

In fact, the number of cases that he has seen over the years has made him think that the fruit should come with a warning sign. 

“Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?” he said during the interview. The phenomenon was named as “avocado hand” by several U.K. doctors and as reported by People,  an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone’s Hand Center states that avocado hand is a seasonal injury as many doctors see waves of people coming in around Cinco de Mayo each year. This is also the time when guacamole is extra popular.