A news anchor from Oklahoma revealed that she suffered the beginning of a stroke while live on air, after she began stumbling over her words.
On Saturday, Julie Chin, who works for NBC affiliate KJRH in Tulsa, was rushed to the hospital after she found herself unable to read the teleprompter while live on air.
“The past few days are still a little bit of a mystery, but my doctors believe I had the beginnings of a stroke live on the air Saturday morning. Some of you witnessed it firsthand, and I’m so sorry that happened,” Chin said in a Facebook post late Sunday.
“The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere. I felt great before our show,” she continued.
“However, over the course of several minutes during our newscast things started to happen. First, I lost partial vision in one eye. A little bit later my hand and arm went numb. Then, I knew I was in big trouble when my mouth would not speak the words that were right in front of me on the teleprompter.”
Chin was in the middle of reporting on the now-canceled NASA launch, when she suddenly became confused and began repeating the same words. Chin struggled for several seconds before apologizing to viewers, saying “I’m sorry, something is going on with me this morning.”
She passed the baton to meteorologist Annie Brown for a weather update, but didn’t return to the air for the rest of the broadcast.
“My co-workers recognized the emergency situation unfolding and called 911,” Chin said in her post.
“I’ve spent the last few days in the hospital undergoing all sorts of tests,” she said, proceeding to give thanks to everyone involved. “I’m thankful for the emergency responders and medical professionals who have shared their expertise, hearts, and smiles with me. My family, friends, and KJRH family have also covered me in love, and covered my shifts.”
“At this point, doctors think I had the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke,” Chin revealed. “There are still lots of questions, and lots to follow up on, but the bottom line is I should be just fine.”
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