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Savannah Guthrie Absent From 'Today' After Eye Surgery Following Accident With 2-Year-Old

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By Clark Sparky

Savannah Guthrie was missing from the set of the "Today" show on Wednesday while she recovered from retinal detachment surgery. Her co-hosts, Hoda Kotb and Craig Melvin, addressed her absence to the viewers.

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“I’m sure some folks are waking up and going, ‘Where is Savannah this morning?’” Kotb said.

“Our dear friend Mrs. Guthrie has the day off, she’s actually having some eye surgery,” Melvin explained.

“She’d had some laser treatments, so now she’s actually going through the surgery,” Kotb said. “And she’s gonna keep us posted, so we wish for her a very speedy recovery.”

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Guthrie revealed on the show on November 27th why she had missed two days of work. She said that she suffered a freak accident when her two-year-old son threw a toy train into her eye.

“Charley threw a toy train right at my eye and it tore my retina,'' Guthrie explained on-air. “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, so they told me to just take it easy."

“I really did lose my vision in my right eye," she continued. "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," she continued.

She said doctors were “essentially trying to weld back this tear in the retina very carefully, and really trying hard to avoid the retina detaching and avoid having to do a major surgery."

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On December 3rd, she told viewers that her vision was improving, but still wasn't great.

“The vision is getting better every day, but I'm still blurry,'' she said. “Right now it's like having one contact (lens) in and (one) out. When it first started though, it was like a complete blur. I couldn't have seen anything."

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