A US news anchor has revealed how she suffered ‘the beginnings’ of a stroke live on air after stumbling over her words.
Julia Chin, a presenter on KJRH network in Tulsa, Oklahoma, suddenly found herself unable to speak the words on her teleprompter after the ‘episode seemed to come out of nowhere’.
Chin said she felt ‘great’ before going on air, adding how the past few days were ‘still a bit of a mystery’.
She took to Facebook to apologise to viewers.
‘Doctors believe I had the beginnings of a stroke live on air on Saturday morning.
‘Some of you witnessed the incident first hand and I’m so sorry that happened.
‘Over the course of several minutes during our news cast, 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.
‘If you were watching Saturday morning, you know how desperately I tried to steer the show forward but the words just wouldn’t come’, she said.
Co-workers named as Anne, Jordan, TJ and Kaden called emergency services during the weather break and the anchor was taken to hospital.
She has since undergone a series of tests which have led doctors to conclude she 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,’ Chin said.
She thanked the emergency responders and medical professionals who have helped her, together with family, friends and work colleagues.
Chin also highlighted how it is not always obvious when people have a stroke – but action is crucial.
She shared the acronym BE FAST to identify stroke symptoms:
B.alance (Sudden loss of balance)
E.yes (Sudden vision changes)
F.ace (Facial droop)
A.rms (One arm drifts downward)
S.peech (Slurred/confused speech)
T.ime & Terrible headache
The news host will undergo more testing but said she expects to be back at her desk sharing more stories in the next few days.
In the UK the main stroke symptoms can be remembered using the word FAST – Face, Arms, Speech and Time.
Click here for more guidance from the NHS.