On Sunday, the 44-year-old CNN anchor was horseback riding in Brewster, N.Y., with her daughters, Sofia and Cecilia, when she was thrown from her horse.
"She got spooked by another horse and ditched me," she told BV Buzz. "I tore absolutely everything in my knee. My surgeon said 'impressive!' I am on crutches now and doing physical therapy. I'll have surgery in two weeks when the swelling goes down."
Timing couldn't be worse for the Emmy-winning media talent, who is gearing up for a whirlwind promotional tour. O'Brien has a new documentary called 'Almighty Dept' that premieres on Oct. 21, and her book, 'The Next Big Story: My Journey Through the Land of Possibilities,' comes out on Nov. 2.
"It's super hard to clunk around on crutches! You know what's annoying is now I'm slow and I usually get 10 things done at one time! So cutting back is really hard for me," she shared, before adding: "Plus, the kids keep baking me get-well-soon cakes, which I'm eating!"
The married mother of four, who was born María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien, said her doctor has cleared her to swim and get on her bike to maintain her fitness regimen.
As of now, she doesn't intend to cancel any travel plans and will be in Atlanta this week presenting Morehouse College's Soledad O'Brien Freedom's Voice Award to actor Hill Harper and music mogul Kevin Liles.
"I'm trying to figure out how to walk in crutches in a gown," she laughed.
Though best known for her compelling reporting on documentaries, such as 'Black in America,' 'Black in America 2,' 'Latino In America' and 'Rescued,' O'Brien was also part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody Award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for coverage of the Asian tsunami.
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