A FEMALE news anchor who had a stroke during a live broadcast has revealed one of the key signs to look out for.
Julie Chin, an anchor for 2 News Oklahoma in the US, was in the middle of a newscast on Saturday morning when she started suffering symptoms of a stroke.
After reading back the jumbled text she had sent to her husband, she realised something was seriously wrong.
She left the set and was later rushed to hospital.
This week, she returned to the studio to give a health update.
According to Chin’s doctors, she suffered the “beginnings of a stroke” live on air.
On Tuesday night, 2 Oklahoma News aired a pre-recorded segment with Ms Chin in which she discussed what happened and revealed more about her condition.
She said at one stage, she could only read a small part of the words on the teleprompter.
At first, the experienced journalist thought that this was down to her contact lens becoming dislodged and blocking her vision.
But after checking the lens during an ad break, her sight didn’t improve.
She was determined to finish the broadcast as she was the only presenter in the studio at the time.
However, she began to think something might be severely wrong after she struggled to text her husband.
“I need help. Something is not Run today. My work won’t work is working my help my,” she wrote.
Chin recalled the moment she began to stumble over her words live on air.
They were right in front of me and I knew what I was reading, and [the words] just weren’t coming
She said she could see the words in front of her and understood what they said, but couldn’t say them out loud.
“They were right in front of me and I knew what I was reading, and [the words] just weren’t coming,” she said.
As it became clear she wasn’t well, the news station’s meteorologist Anne Brown took over, and called for an ambulance during the next ad break.
Ms Chin has rested at home for the past few days and says her recovery is going well.
“The good news is that everything came out great,” she said. “[Doctors] didn’t see anything major that was really scary to them.
“But the bad news about that is that we don’t know why it happened.”
How to spot the warning signs of stroke FAST
A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.
It can result in brain damage, disability or even death if not treated right away. A stroke sometimes happens gradually, and can present one or more symptoms including:
- Numbness in the face, arm, leg (especially on one side)
- Difficultly speaking, or formulating sentences
- Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes
- Problems keeping balance, or walking
- Sudden severe headache
You can use the FAST test to check for the warning signs of a stroke in yourself or someone else:
- Face: Try to smile. Is one side drooping when you smile?
- Arms: Try raising both arms. Is one arm dropping down?
- Speech: Try saying or repeating a short sentence. Is speech appearing slurred or strange?
- Time: If the answer is yes to all these tests, call 911 straight away, and take note of the time when the symptoms started.
She is taking time to heal but hopes to eventually return to presenting work.
Chin admitted she may be a “little nervous” about returning to anchoring, but added that she “can’t live in fear” and isn’t going to “let it stop me from doing anything”.
On Sunday, Chin wrote on her Facebook page: “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 first-hand, and I’m so sorry that happened.
“The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere. I felt great before our show. However, over the course of several minutes during our newscast, things started to happen.”
She detailed how at first she “lost partial vision in one eye”.
Chin added: “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.”
Discussing her confusion, Chin explained how she “desperately tried to steer the show forward but the words just wouldn’t come”.
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