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NBC News Correspondent Savannah Sellers' Eye Was Injured during a Workout — inside the Case

Annette Shadeya
Jan 25, 2021
08:10 P.M.
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Savannah Sellers’ eye was seriously injured by an exercise band during a workout. The NBC News correspondent talked to the “Today” show about how she almost lost her vision.


Savanna Sellers’ eye is experiencing a painful injury. The NBC news correspondent told the “Today” show that her elastic exercise band hit her in the face during a workout resulting in a loss of vision in one eye.

Sellers’ immediately consulted a doctor who clarified that she was fortunate. The accident has, however, seen Sellers diagnosed with three eye conditions. Sellers’ surgery is yet to be confirmed.

The extent of Sellers’ eye injury will be known in 10 days, as the doctors wait for the blood and swelling in her eye to reduce. The NBC News Now correspondent might face laser surgery to repair any tears in her eye.


Sellers shared when the accident occurred; she thought something had fallen on her head. The pain traveled up her head, her eyes hurt, and her left eye faced an immediate loss of vision. Despite the harm, Sellers said:

“All I've heard a million times from these doctors is how lucky I am and it could have been so much worse."


Sellers hinted at a warning from her doctor, who revealed exercise-band-related accidents are on the rise; some cases serious. Sellers shared it was due to the number of people exercising at home due to the pandemic.

The news correspondent maintained if her head's angle were closer to the band, she would have had a permanent loss of vision. Sellers joins her NBC colleague Savannah Guthrie who is experiencing a similar injury.

Sellers currently is facing stiff competition with her "NBC News Now" show.


Guthrie updated her “Today” show co-hosts about her poor vision after the accident she faced when her toddler hit her in the eye with a toy train. Guthrie underwent retina detachment surgery but has now developed cataracts.

Guthrie’s co-hosts affirmed her poor vision, having witnessed Guthrie’s difficulty in presenting the news. Guthrie told viewers the cataracts were to be expected but said she was hopeful for better vision.

"Once they remove that blur, I think it will be a lot better."


Guthrie’s fantastic recovery has given Sellers hope. Sellers expressed her relief in having someone to turn to. The news correspondent, however, requested viewers to be careful when exercising with the band.

Sellers was hoping to return to normalcy and told viewers her doctor recommended using safety goggles while using the equipment. Gutheries and Sellers will be taking time off their hit news shows for their recovery.


Sellers is currently facing stiff competition with her "NBC News Now" show. The show airs in the morning hours alongside “CBS News’,” “CBSN” and “ABC News,’” “ABC News Live,” the same time as Guthrie’s “Today” show.

Janelle Rodriguez, NBC News editorial VP maintains the new show will not steal NBC’s “Today” shows audience. The “NBC News Now” format is hard news covering serious topics and is presented by Sellers and Joe Fryer.


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