A morning news anchor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who suffered the beginnings of a stroke on live TV over the weekend, says she’s recovering.
“I’m so glad to tell you I’m OK,” Julie Chin posted on Facebook. “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.”
After struggling for a few seconds, she told viewers, “I’m sorry, something is going on with me this morning,” then handed the show over to a meteorologist for a weather update.
“The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere. I felt great before our show,” Chin posted on Facebook.
“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.”
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Chin’s co-workers dialed 911 and she was taken to a hospital where she spent several days.
“I’m glad to share that my tests have all come back great… There are still lots of questions, and lots to follow up on, but the bottom line is I should be just fine. Most importantly* I’ve learned that it’s not always obvious when someone has a stroke, and action is critical… be fast and call 911.”
Strokes, the No. 5 leading cause of death in the U.S., happen when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is blocked or bursts, according to the American Stroke Association.
The Mayo Clinic says symptoms of a stroke can include:
- Trouble speaking and understanding what others are saying
- Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg
- Problems seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden severe headache accompanied by dizziness or vomiting
- Trouble walking
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