Savannah Guthrie Loses Eyesight In Freak Accident

Savannah Guthrie could really use some love and well wishes. During the week of Nov. 17, the Today anchor suffered a serious eye injury, which left her blind in one eye and forced her to take time off from work.

Guthrie opened up about the accident on Nov. 27, offering up details regarding what happened and what the road to recovery looks like.

NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie at an event in 2019
NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie at an event in 2019 | Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images

Savannah Guthrie’s accident

On Nov. 27, the television host called into her show and said that she got injured while playing with her son, Charley, 2.

“Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,” she said. “It has a really pointing edge and he threw it right at me.”

She said the accident happened at some point during the week of Nov. 17 and that she lost vision in her right eye nearly 24 hours after it happened.

“It turned out to be kind of serious,” Guthrie continued. “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 procedures create burns to form scars around the wound.

“I really did lose my vision in my right eye,” she added. “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.”

As grim as it might sound, she’s remaining optimistic as doctors try to “weld back” her retina. “It’s looking more hopeful,” Guthrie stated.

She did not appear on Today at all during the week of Nov. 24 due to the injury. It’s unclear when she’ll return to the show.

Doctors weigh in on Savannah Guthrie’s injury

NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar said on the show that Guthrie should make a full recovery as long as her retina does not detach.

“Right now her vision loss is really apparently just from this vitreous hemorrhage, not hopefully from any detachment … so hopefully that blood will resorb and she will regain full vision,” Azar explained.

According to Guthrie, she’s been taking precautions to ensure that there’s no detachment.

“I’m not supposed to jump up and down or anything because it’s kind of like literally hanging by a thread,” Guthrie said in regards to the retina. “But I’m very positive because I think it’s going to be OK.”

As for her son, Guthrie said he likely “doesn’t even know what he did.”

She continued: “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!’”

“He’s a bruiser!” she teased.

Guthrie also has a daughter, Vale. She shares both children with her husband, Michael Feldman, whom she married in 2014.

It’s a complicated time for Guthrie, for sure. But at least she’s under the care of doctors and a beautiful, loving family.