Savannah Guthrie Escapes Eye Surgery Recovery for the Today Holiday Party: ‘Reunited and It Feels So Good’
The Today anchor has been stuck at home for the “challenging” recovery process, which involves sitting facedown for most of the day
The women of the Today show are “reunited”!
Kotb also shared the photo and said that Guthrie completed the party.
Guthrie underwent retinal surgery on Dec. 11, three weeks after her 3-year-old son Charley accidentally hit her in the eye with a toy train and tore her retina. Her eye doctors initially tried to fix the tear with less-invasive laser surgery, but determined that retinal surgery, which requires a grueling recovery period, was the only way.
The mom of two has to spend a significant portion of the day with her head facedown — which Guthrie has been doing in a massage chair — to ensure the surgery worked.
“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.
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Guthrie had to stay facedown for most of the first day post-op, but she’s now able to switch off between facedown and sitting up throughout the day.
Guthrie told PEOPLE that she hopes to be back behind the Today desk this week, but joked that her appearance would shock viewers.
“If this eye looks anything like it does right now, I would not do that to America,” she said. “It’s pretty ghastly. I look like a prizefighter…who lost.”