The only thing worse than experiencing a possible health emergency may be doing so on live television, which is what happened to a morning news anchor in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
KJRH anchor Julie Chin was in the middle of reporting on NASA’s Artemis I launch Saturday morning when she began struggling to read the words on the teleprompter. Being a professional, she attempted to soldier on but quickly realized something was amiss.
“I’m sorry, something is going on with me this morning and I apologize to everybody,” Chin told viewers. “Let’s just go ahead and send it on to meteorologist Annie Brown.”
Tulsa news anchor Julie Chin has the beginnings of a stroke live on the air. She knew something was wrong, so tossed it to the meteorologist, as her concerned colleagues called 911. She’s fine now, but wanted to share her experience to educate viewers on stroke warning signs. pic.twitter.com/aWNPPbn1qf
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Chin did not return to the air after the troubling episode and said later in a Facebook post, “My co-workers recognized the emergency situation unfolding and called 911.”
“I’m so glad to tell you I’m OK,” she wrote. “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.”
Imagine that, apologizing to viewers for having to witness a true medical emergency.
“The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere. I felt great before our show,” the anchor explained. “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,” she continued. “If you were watching Saturday morning, you know how desperately I tried to steer the show forward, but the words just wouldn’t come.”
As for what happened, Chin offered some good news while sharing the diagnosis.
“I’m glad to share that my tests have all come back great,” she wrote. “At this point, doctors think I had the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke. 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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