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Savannah Guthrie Loses Vision In Her Eye After Freak Accident

'Today' TV show, New York, USA - 07 Jun 2019
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Nov. 27 2019, Published 6:19 p.m. ET

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Savannah Guthrie suffered a painful eye injury earlier this week when she was playing with her son Charley. She revealed the news on the Today show on Wednesday, November 27.

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“Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” the 47-year-old said when she called into the daytime talk show. “It has a really pointing edge and he threw it right at me.”

“It happened last week, actually, and then I lost my vision in my right eye about 24 hours later,” she continued. “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.”

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“I really did lose my vision in my right eye,” the mother of two said. “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.” Savannah said that she's working with doctors to “weld back” her retina.

The anchorwoman was set to appear the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 28. However, she admitted that she's uncertain if she will attend.

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“I’m actually still hoping I can do the parade tomorrow,” the attorney explained. “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.”

Savannah added that her two-year-old doesn't fully comprehend what happened. “He’s 2, so he doesn’t even know what he did,” she quipped. “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!'”

The Melbourne-born journalist further elaborated on the incident on Instagram alongside a snap of her son holding his toy train. "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," she wrote in her caption. "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!!"

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