A day after Savannah Guthrie disclosed she had struggled a critical eye injury, the “Today” co-host is returning to Television to co-host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Guthrie, who had been under doctor’s advice to take it easy the past week but Lastly said she hoped to be back in TV for the parade, was in her usual spot alongside co-host Hoda Kotb on the parade route Thursday morning, wearing a pair of glasses.
On Wednesday, Guthrie phoned her “Today” colleagues on air to explain the reason behind her absence all week: she got hit in the eye with one of her son’s toys and got injured her retina.
“I’m actually still hoping I can do the parade tomorrow. I’m not supposed to, like, jump up and down or anything because it’s kind of like literally hanging by a thread,” Guthrie revealed. “But I’m very positive because I think it’s going to be OK.”
She shares two children – Vale, 5, and Charley, 2 – with husband Michael Feldman.
“I got hit … Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” Guthrie added. “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.”
Guthrie says that she has been undergoing laser procedures in order to avoid major critical surgery.
As Guthrie discussed her injuries to her “Today” colleagues, a pic of the almost 3-year-old flashed on the screen, showing him holding a big toy train.
“I see you’re showing the little culprit there,” Guthrie joked. “It has a real pointy edge and he threw it right at me.”
Retinal detachments are rare, NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar disclosed on the show.
“The prognosis is good usually if there is no detachment,” she adds.
As for Charley, he seems to be blissfully unaware, if not proud of himself – as any toddler would be.
” ‘I did it! I did it!’ ” Guthrie told her son was shouting as she told her mom the story.
“He was initially sitting on my laps and, ya know, 2-year-olds want to test the boundaries and he just threw it right in my eye.”