NYC Actor Back At Work After Being Seriously Hurt In Random Subway Attack

A New York City actor is now back at work after he was seriously hurt in a random subway attack; CBS2's Dave Carlin reports.

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- Right now an update tonight, and a good one, on a story we first told you about in November. An actor in the city is now back at work after he was seriously hurt in a random subway attack. CBS 2's, Dave Carlin, has more.

ALEX WEISMAN: I had some really low moments.

DAVE CARLIN: Catching up with Alex Weisman near his home in Harlem, almost five months after he was attacked by a stranger in the subway. His eye socket fractured, retina torn, it nearly cost him his sight. And the suspect who sucker punched him for no apparent reason inside the 103 Street Station, is on the loose.

ALEX WEISMAN: I wasn't going to let it get me down.

DAVE CARLIN: Doctors here at Mount Sinai went over the options with him. Incisions with traditional surgical techniques or go with lasers.

ALEX WEISMAN: They needed to laser off the tear so that it wouldn't get worse.

- And it's in the exact same place it was in January.

ALEX WEISMAN: That's great.

- Alex was able to come in every day and make sure that the retinal detachment didn't extend past the laser. We were able to use a minimally invasive approach.

DAVE CARLIN: Weisman, an actor, made his Broadway debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Recently he started working again in TV.

ALEX WEISMAN: Taping the audition was the moment of triumph for me. And I got it!

DAVE CARLIN: Appearing in an episode of a hospital drama on network television put him in this costume and back to an ER. This time a set instead of the real thing. He says his biggest heroes are in health care, including the staff at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.

ALEX WEISMAN: I was feeling really sorry for myself. And then I was in the hospital every day with these frontline workers who are giving everything that they had to help save all of us. And I was literally looking in the face of someone who couldn't see their children to save our lives, complaining about my eye. It just put everything into perspective.

DAVE CARLIN: He says to anyone hit with hardship, "Push through it. Keep going." In Harlem, Dave Carlin, CBS 2 news.