News anchor has ‘the beginnings of a stroke’ during broadcast

A news anchor from Oklahoma revealed she was suffering early symptoms of a stroke live on Saturday morning when she started tripping over her words and said she was not feeling well.

“I’m sorry, something happened with me this morning, and I apologize to everyone,” Julie Chin of Tulsa’s KJRH said at the time, before handing over to the meteorologist for his report. .

On Sunday evening, Chin revealed in a Facebook post that she was subsequently hospitalized and doctors believe she suffered “the onset of a live stroke”.

“The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere,” she wrote. “I felt good before our show. However, over the course of several minutes during our newscast, things started to happen. First, I lost partial sight in one eye. A little later, my hand and arm went numb. Then I knew I was in big trouble when my mouth wouldn’t speak the words that were right in front of me on the teleprompter. If you were watching Saturday morning, you know how desperately I tried to move the show forward, but the words just wouldn’t come.

Her co-workers recognized she had a medical emergency and called 911. “I really appreciate your quick action,” Chin told them.

Fortunately, Chin said his tests “all went well.” Doctors believe she did not suffer a “full stroke”, she said.

“There are still a lot of questions and a lot of things to follow, but the main thing is that I should be fine,” Chin said.

More importantly, she added, she had learned that it is not always obvious that someone is having a stroke and that quick action is essential. She came up with an acronym that helps identify the symptoms to look for: BE FAST. The acronym reminds us to pay attention to changes in balance, eyes (changes in vision), face (facial drooping), arms, speech and timing. And, if the symptoms match, then “be quick” and call 911.

Chin said she would be back at work in a few days and thanked everyone who reached out with their best wishes.


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