“Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie opened up about the eye injury that has kept her off the show for the past two days.
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Here’s the reason I’ve been out for a couple days. This little cutie has super strength!! Last week, Charley threw this train at my eye and turns out it caused a large tear in my retina, which has caused me to lose sight temporarily in my right eye! It was a little bit touch and go over the last few days but it looks like the retina will hold and not detach and I won’t need full eye surgery. The docs are hopeful the laser procedures are working to keep the retina from detaching and I won’t have to have surgery. Very thankful for good doctors and good medical care. And thankful for your good wishes!!
“Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” she said during a phone call Wednesday with her co-anchors. “It happened last week actually, and then I lost my vision in my right eye about 24 hours later, and then it turned out to be kind of serious. They were afraid my retina was detached, so they told me to just take it easy.”
Guthrie received multiple laser treatments Monday to help heal the retina tear. The laser treatments cause small burns that form scars around the tear, Guthrie said.
“They’re essentially trying to weld back this tear in the retina very carefully, and really trying hard to avoid the retina detaching and avoid having to do a major surgery,” she added. (RELATED: ‘Hard To See Where Impeachment Would Qualify:’ Nikki Haley and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie Stand Off During Live Interview)
The anchor said she hopes to return to work for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
“At first they didn’t think it had worked, and it looked like I was gonna have to have this surgery, but now it’s looking more hopeful, and I’m actually still hoping I can do the parade tomorrow,” Guthrie said.
“I’m not supposed to jump up and down or anything because it’s kind of like literally hanging by a thread,” she continued. “But I’m very positive because I think it’s gonna be OK.”