‘Today’: Savannah Guthrie’s Return to Work, Plus the Anchor Parties with Her Show Pals
The last four weeks have been rough for Today‘s Savannah Guthrie.
After her young son, Charley, accidentally hit her in the eye with the sharp end of a toy train at the end of November, the anchor suffered an injury to her retina. It’s been an up and down journey for her but it looks like things are finally on the upswing for her.
Get the details on the Today party Guthrie got the green light from her doctors to attend, plus find out when she’ll finally be back on the job.
How her surgery went
Once her doctors felt that laser treatments were no longer helping the 47-year-old’s situation, they prepped her for surgery on Dec. 11.
Doctors initially had put hope in the laser treatments’ ability to address Guthrie’s retinal damage. It did look promising the first week of December and the newswoman hoped she could avoid going under the knife.
Five laser treatments later, it was clear the severe injury of her retina was beyond their ability to help. And so, surgery became unavoidable.
“It turned out to be kind of serious. They were afraid my retina would detach,” Guthrie revealed to Today viewers. “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.”
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.”
Post-surgery, the anchor has had to keep her head facedown to be sure the surgery worked. Now she can switch between being facedown and sitting upright.
“It’s uniquely challenging, this recovery,” she says. “Your body starts hurting in different places, lying down like that,” she told PEOPLE the day after her surgery.
The anchor got to party down with her ‘Today’ coworkers
Although she’s still recovering from very delicate eye surgery, People reported that the morning show host could not resist the opportunity to make it to the annual holiday party with the Today crew at Catch Steak on Wednesday night this week.
Guthrie documented her big night out on Instagram with a post showing herself, her co-anchor Hoda Kotb, 3rd Hour host Jenna Bush Hager, and executive producer Libby Leist all smiles.
“Reunited and it feels so good,” she posted. “Loving up on my @todayshow girls at the TODAY holiday party.”
When will Savannah Guthrie be back at the ‘Today Show’?
Willie Geist quipped that Guthrie said at the party, “You all are a sight for sore eye, singular!”
USA Today reports that Guthrie is planning her big return for after the holidays.
It will most probably be one more week before her doctor can tell if her eye can hold the retina on its own. Guthrie had hoped to return at the end of this week but thinks “it’ll probably be after the holidays.”