“Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie has been forced to take a few days off, and now we know why.
On Wednesday, Guthrie called into the show to reveal that she had suffered a serious eye injury while playing with her son Charley, 2. She said, “Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina. It has a really pointing edge and he threw it right at me.”
After the accident, Guthrie was temporary blind in her right eye. She shared, “It happened last week, actually, and then I lost my vision in my right eye about 24 hours later. It turned out to be kind of serious. They were afraid my retina would detach. They told me to just take it easy and they’ve been doing a bunch of laser procedures to avoid having to do the whole surgery.”
The 47-year-old added, “They rushed me into this emergency procedure that I wasn’t expecting. At first, they didn’t think it had worked, but it looked like I was going to have this surgery, but now it’s looking more hopeful."
Get well soon! @SavannahGuthrie is on the phone to give more insight on the eye injury she sustained after her son threw a toy truck that tore the retina in one of her eyes. @DrNatalieTV is also here to help explain the healing process and what she can expect. pic.twitter.com/7Tvj58rtY7— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 27, 2019
Savannah noted about her eye, “It was so blurry from — not to get too gross — but there was so much blood in my eye that it completely blocked my vision.”
Though her injury threatens her attendance at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Guthrie remains optimistic. She commented, “I’m actually still hoping I can do the parade tomorrow. I’m not supposed to jump up and down because it’s kind of literally hanging by a thread. But I’m very positive because I think it’s going to be okay.”
Guthrie pointed out that Charley doesn’t know the extent of the situation. She explained, “He’s 2, so he doesn’t even know what he did. I wouldn’t want to make him feel bad for it. He hears me talking about it and he has no idea. I was FaceTiming with my mom to tell her and he came running in and said, ‘I did it!'”
Dr. Natalie Azar came onto the show to explain retinal tears, pointing out that the prognosis is good for Savannah to regain her vision if the retina is not completely detached.
In September, Savannah was forced to miss a week of "Today" due to a bad case of pneumonia. She said, "Honestly, I was shocked that it was pneumonia because I feel like I’m breathing pretty well, I’m not wheezing or anything, and I really was kind of shocked that that’s what it was. I thought it might be the flu, I had the flu test and it was a negative, and every day I would tell our bosses … ‘I’ll probably be in tomorrow,’ and then have another night of sweating and freezing and aching and horrible.”
“I was talking to my mom yesterday and she was like, ‘Savannah, you have not gotten this sick in your entire life!’ and it’s really true. I have never been so laid-out flat and really, it’s just a lot of misery,” Guthrie went on. “The fever is the thing — it’s not a cold, I just couldn’t get the fever to break, so I’ve just been on round the clock medicine to keep the fever down and I started getting this really bad cough.”