Usually parenting injuries come from stepping on toys that didn’t get put away. But for Savannah Guthrie, her son’s toy train got her right in the eye.
The “Today” show co-host called her colleagues Wednesday to explain why she had been absent this week.
“I got hit … Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” Guthrie, 47, revealed. She shares two children, Vale, 5, and Charley, 2, with her husband Michael Feldman.
“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 said she is under doctor’s orders to take it easy. She has been undergoing laser procedures in an effort to avoid a major surgery, she said.
As Guthrie explained her injuries to her “Today” colleagues, a picture 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, said NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar on the show. “The prognosis is good usually if there is no detachment,” she said.
That’s what Guthrie and her doctors are hoping for, and she still wants to host the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday alongside Hoda Kotb and Al Roker.
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“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. But I’m very positive because I think it’s going to be OK.”
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 said her son was shouting as she told her mom the story.
“He was basically sitting on my lap and ya know 2-year-olds want to test the boundaries and he just threw it right in my eye.”
Oh, the joys. We are wishing you a quick recovery, mama.
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