Carrie Underwood’s face and wrist were severely damaged when she fell in November outside of her Nashville home. She lost her balance on the stairs, and “it could have happened to anybody” explained Underwood during her interview with the “Today” show co-host Hoda Kotb. Underwood also told Kotb that the cause of the accident was “just kind of a freak accident. I just fell. I just tripped taking my dogs out to do their business.” Her son, Isaiah, was asleep upstairs.

Following the accident, [VIDEO] she was brought to the emergency room and underwent surgery to repair the broken wrist. In the end, she needed 40 stitches for her face.

The injuries were so devastating for Underwood that she needed a professional team to alter her face daily. Early on, Underwood even feared that if her son, Isaiah, saw her face, he might be frightened by her appearance.

In January, she uploaded a picture to Instagram of her wrist X-ray, and she has posted pictures of her face recently that show off the miracles accomplished by her makeup artists. The team use makeup, paint, and paste to cover up the parts of her face that are still healing. Finally, Underwood felt confident enough by April to make her first public appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards, where she performed her song “Cry Pretty.”

Moving forward

Before her appearance at the Academy of Country Music Awards, Underwood revealed that she was “healing pretty nicely” in an update to her fans.

She hasn’t been very talkative to her fans over social media about the healing process, so her emotional performance of “Cry Pretty” during the Academy of Country Music Awards in April was symbolic of her difficult recovery. Not only is the song important for the fans that stuck by her during her recovery, it’s also about Underwood’s personal difficulties during the past few months. She knows that everyone can relate to "Cry Pretty [VIDEO]" on the "Today" show, because sometimes "you just do have to let it out."

The “Today” show co-host Hoda Kotb “felt something special” about the performance too. Underwood explained: “When you’re singing something that is straight from your heart, it’s easy to be in the moment and be connected to it. I never realized how much it translates until after the ACM Awards.” Underwood received a standing ovation for her heartwarming performance. She reached a major milestone on the road to recovery, and the world of country music is glad to have her back.