‘Why does this keep happening?’ CTV news reporter goes into medical distress on air, appears to collapse

Not one week after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during a Monday Night Football game, a young Canadian journalist appeared to suffer a medical emergency during a live broadcast, further fueling concerns over an unaddressed crisis.

Sunday evening, Jessica Robb of the Edmonton, Alberta-based CTV News was reporting on location, speaking with anchor Nahreman Issa when a routine broadcast took a turn for the worse. In a video that rapidly went viral on social media, Robb can be seen taking a pause after botching her script and stating, “Sorry Nahreman. I’m, I’m, I’m not feeling very well right now, and I’m about to just…”

While the shot remained a split of both women, Issa stated, “OK, we’ll come back to you and we’ll make sure that Jessica, you are doing OK,” but Robb looked far from OK as she cut-off mid-sentence and her professional smile turned into a look of panic while she began to teeter on screen.

Conservative comedians the Hodgetwins asked in all seriousness when they shared the unsettling images, “Why does this keep happening…”

Evidently, inquiries flooded the outlet as Sunday night they tweeted, “PROGRAMMING NOTE: Thanks to everyone who inquired about our reporter who became ill during the 6 p.m. News. Jessica Robb is feeling better and is now resting.”

Robb, whose account is currently protected, offered her own update around the same time which one user snagged a screenshot of, “I won’t bury the lede: I’m okay. Thank you to everyone who has reached, my cameraman @Stmcclune for being there for me, & @NahremanIssaCTV for being an absolute pro (as usual).”

The user had previously reacted to a video of Robb’s apparent medical emergency, “Oh but we are racist climate change conspiracy theorists — this is heartbreaking and WE know…”

Another shared a post of Robb’s from April where the young journalist had posted an image of a COVID test and said, “Consider this my official out of (the physical) office. Feeling very lucky to be vaxxed x3 & that I started isolating as soon as symptoms started. More than anything it’s the personal defeat I’m feeling…”

That user remarked, “At least Jessica Robb was triple ‘vaxxed.’ Her stroke on live TV could have been worse.”

The incident was just the latest in a terrifying trend of medical emergencies caught on camera like the on-air seizure that Atlanta Hawks play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun appeared to have in December which was later reported to have been a result of “dehydration.”

The abnormal trend once again caused concerned viewers to theorize that Robb may have suffered an adverse reaction and speculation was heightened by her and Issa’s accounts both being set to protected mode, limiting access.


As with Hamlin, many reacted by sending prayers to the young woman as others demanded something be done to prevent further tragedy. Still more said that what they’ve witnessed is already more than they can handle.


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