An Oklahoma news anchor suffered a stroke while on live TV. When Julie Chin was on air for the NBC affiliate in Tulsa, KJRH, she abruptly discovered that she could not utter the words she was reading from the teleprompter.
A news anchor from Oklahoma started to have a stroke while she was on air, which caused her to stumble over her words and compel the broadcast to end early on Saturday, reports Mail Online.
A story regarding NASA’s suspended Artemis-I launch was being delivered by Julie Chin of Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH when she unexpectedly lost the ability to utter the words.
Chin attempted to continue the broadcast while confused and stuttering, but she quickly discovered that she was totally unable to read her script aloud.
She ultimately stated, deviating from the script, “I’m sorry, something is going on with me this morning and I apologize to everybody. Let’s just go ahead and send it on to meteorologist Annie Brown,” before handing the program over to the weather crew.
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While Chin tried to apologize off-camera, Brown took over the broadcast with ease.
“Julie we love you so much, we love you so much,” Brown then said with a laugh as the broadcast cut to her, “We all have those days,” Brown continued.
But for Chin, who stayed off the air following the weather report, it was not just one of those days. Chin was transported to the hospital as a result of newsroom coworkers dialing 9-11.
On Sunday evening, Chin wrote on Facebook that she was healthy and that her doctors thought she had only experienced “the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke.”
“I’m glad to share that my tests have all come back great. At this point, doctors think I had the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke,” she wrote, “There are still lots of questions, and lots to follow up on, but the bottom line is I should be just fine.”
Chin said that although she had felt great before the broadcast, her health quickly and dramatically deteriorated.
“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. 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 also thanked a few of her coworkers for seeing what was going on and acting quickly.
“I’m so grateful for your quick action. I’ve always said I work on the best team, and this is one more reason why,” she wrote.
Chin said that even though she was still at the hospital getting tested, she intended to return to the camera in a few days.
“My Dad jokes this is the first extended period of time I’ve spent by myself since my son was born, and he’s right,” she said.