Megyn Kelly Breaks Down After Sharing Major Accident That Left Her Son In ICU


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Independent journalist Megyn Kelly broke down on air after discussing a major accident her son Thatcher was involved in.

During the Sirius XM “The Megyn Kelly Show” podcast Monday, Kelly spoke about Thatcher’s accident resulting in him having to go to the ICU with internal bleeding from lacerations to his spleen.

Kelly began her show by noting she was gone the back half of last week, revealing that “something happened” to her “little guy,” Thatcher, her 8-year-old son while the family was skiing in Montana.

“Thank God he’s okay, so let me start with the lead. And did the run just fine. … But was inspired by this cave-like structure that was on the run to check it out,” Kelly said.

Kelly said her son went with his instructor to a more advanced part where people “hike up to … and take a little break,” saying her son was tired and “apparently didn’t have the strength to make the climb.”

“And he fell. And I get in the ambulance. He seems okay. He’s speaking he says he fell ten feet and landed on some rocks while hiking up this part of the mountain. But he’s got an IV in him,” Kelly said.


“So we get to the hospital and they say they need to run some tests,” Kelly said.

Then she said the hospital did a CT scan and “lo and behold there was internal bleeding.”

“And he had lacerated, had to two severe lacerations to his spleen and a third the size of which they weren’t able to determine, she added. “So, three tears of his spleen…and he was bleeding internally and they said you need to go to a more serious hospital right now.”

She said they got back in the ambulance, got to the other hospital, and they “whisk him into the ICU” she said at that point she wondered what the heck was going on. Kelly said a very nice nurse finally sat her down and explained the tears to the spleen were “very severe” and that there was a good chance he would lose his spleen. The host said the surgeon came in and said he hoped Thatcher wouldn’t “lose his spleen” but that if the “bleeding continued” they were going to take it.

At that point, Kelly and Doug reached out to their doctors back home to get some guidance on what to do, admitting she didn’t know what to do. Her doctor said without question they were advised “don’t lose the spleen” and told other options they could do instead.


The hospital said that it was a level 3 trauma center, not a level 1 trauma center and at one point, they were getting suggestions to order a med-evac to transport him to a level one trauma center with a pediatric specialist or at least an “interventional radiologist” which she said was needed to “repair the spleen.”

“Our surgeon was saying ‘don’t move him … he needs to be in the ICU, he needs to be in the hospital bed,’” Kelly shared. “‘And he is not allowed to even get up and go to the bathroom. He can not leave the bed.’ Because the bleeding’s not stopping. We don’t want him to lose the spleen. If there’s any way of repairing it we’d like to do that. But it’s not safe to move him. We’re looking into the med-evac flights.”

They decided not to move him and the trauma center found an interventional radiologist, who was not a pediatric specialist, but if things “went south” that person would be there. After a few more scary moments, things leveled off and he got better. After six days, the former NBC host said her son got to leave that hospital and go home.

It was then that Kelly broke down during her show and got emotional about the traumatic experience their whole family had gone through.


“You know, the amount of stress and the love that you have for your children,” Kelly said through teary eyes. “And the fragility of these little bodies who totally depend on you. And the enormous responsibility you have for their well-being you know for making huge decisions. And the importance of family and friends right, and good colleagues.”

She grabbed a tissue and blotted her eyes and explained that it left her thinking about the saying a guest once mentioned to her — that the only thing that matters in life is “within 15 feet of you” — and she said she found that to be true as she thanked her audience for the “connection” she said was “valuable” to her as well.


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