The "Today" show unfolded Wednesday without co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, who is undergoing retinal detachment surgery three weeks after suffering a serious eye injury.
“She’s had some laser treatment, so now she’s actually going through the surgery, and she’s going to keep us posted,” Hoda Kotb said on-air during the show. “We wish for her a very speedy recovery.”
Guthrie has been in and out of work since the week of Nov. 27, when she revealed that an accident with her son had left her temporarily blind in her right eye. Toddler Charley, who turned 3 this month, accidentally hit her with the pointed edge of a toy.
At the time, Guthrie said her retina was torn, not detached, and doctors were "essentially trying to weld back this tear in the retina very carefully, and really trying hard to avoid the retina detaching." She added that they were "trying to avoid having to do the full surgery" that she's now undergoing.
Days after the incident, Guthrie was back at work to co-host the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She wore glasses on the air and continued to do so as she settled back into her normal routine.
"Thankful!" she captioned a parade day snapshot with Kotb.
A post shared by Savannah Guthrie (@savannahguthrie) on Nov 28, 2019 at 4:25am PST
Guthrie was also wearing glasses — and appeared to be in high spirits — earlier this week when she celebrated Charley's birthday. Her older daughter, 5-year-old Vale, and husband Michael Feldman also appear in the smiley Instagram.
"Three years old and ready to paarrrty," Guthrie wrote.
She's managed to crack a few puns about the situation, tweeting in November, "Eye’ve been out with an eye injury inflicted by energetic toddler!! But things are looking up!!"