US News Anchor Has 'Beginnings of a Stroke' Live on Air, Later Shares 6 Signs of a Stroke
Our bodies are amazing machines, giving us helpful signs and signals when something is wrong. One news anchor was live on air when she suddenly realized she needed help urgently.
Health scares happen when we least expect them, and it is crucial to be equipped with various easy-to-remember skills. Knowing essential tips and tricks can prove life-saving and often significantly affect the outcome of worrying moments.
An esteemed news anchor was doing what she loved, sharing stories and connecting with American audiences when the unthinkable happened. She never imagined experiencing one of her scariest moments on air—but she did.
Her Unusual Stuttering On Air
Emmy-winning journalist Julie Chin has been a happy face on TV screens across America for years. Her positive attitude and sweet smile brought joy, and she rarely faltered while reading her lines.
The anchor immediately knew she was in trouble and needed medical assistance when her mouth couldn't speak the words flashing across the teleprompter.
While the Tulsa NBC affiliate delivered a segment about NASA's canceled Artemis-I launch, she struggled to finish her sentences. The stuttering left her bewildered as she tried to make sense of her actions.
She Apologized To The Viewers
Chin attempted to continue with the show but eventually realized she had to stop. In the middle of reading her script, she told viewers:
"I'm sorry, something is going on with me this morning, and I apologize to everybody."
Chin then handed over to meteorologist Annie Brown who continued with the broadcasting. The news anchor apologized again before Brown offered some support and noted: "We all have those days." However, it wasn't "one of those days" for Chin—something much worse was happening.
Doctors Discovered What Happened
The news anchor didn't return to the show following the September 2022 incident, and she was taken to the hospital after her colleagues called emergency services.
Doctors revealed that Chin displayed what appeared to be the beginning symptoms of a stroke. On Facebook, she shared:
"I'm so glad to tell you I'm OK. The past few days are still a little bit of a mystery ... Some of you witnessed [the incident] firsthand, and I'm so sorry that happened."
The Anchor Knew She Was In Trouble
Chin explained her symptoms and added that she "felt great" before the broadcast started. However, she unexpectedly lost vision in one eye, followed by numbness in her hand and arm.
The anchor immediately knew she was in trouble and needed medical assistance when her mouth couldn't speak the words flashing across the teleprompter. She said anyone who watched the show would've seen "how desperately" she tried to continue.
Grateful For The Love And Support
Chin thanked her co-workers, doctors, friends, family, and strangers for their support. She was relieved that her tests looked positive and noted that she should be fine. The news anchor shared:
"I've spent the last few days in the hospital undergoing all sorts of tests. I'm thankful for the emergency responders and medical professionals who have shared their expertise, hearts, and smiles with me."
Raising Awareness To Help Others
The news anchor also used the scary experience as an opportunity to educate others. Chin learned that speedy action was crucial when dealing with stroke symptoms and shared a helpful "BE FAST" acronym with netizens.
She wrote about the possibly telling symptoms, including a loss of balance, changes in vision, facial drooping, downward drifting arms, slurred speech, and terrible headaches.
The anchor also asked for continued prayers as she navigated her road to complete recovery and waited for the conclusive test results. She was excited to share that she would be back at work soon and doing what she loved again.
The Online Response
Netizens were shocked by the initial TV scenes and shared their relief that Chin was fine. Many friends, family members, and strangers were worried about her and left comments of support and prayers for her health journey:
"Thank God! I've been so worried about you. I watched it all unfold. I'm so happy to see your beautiful smile. I'll be praying for you. Thank you for filling us in."
- (Shelley Rogers) September 5, 2022
"I'm so glad you're okay. How very scary!! Thank you for sharing the BE FAST acronym. I'm familiar with the FAST, but this is the first I'm reading about balance and eyesight. Continued prayers for complete healing, friend."
- (FOX23 Shae Rozzi) September 5, 2022
"My sweet friend! I'm so thankful you are getting the care that you need. We all love you so much, and I pray for continued wisdom for your doctors as they work to treat you!"
- (Sharon Phillips) September 5, 2022
"Julie, I've told you once, and I'll tell you again, you're one of the strongest people I know! You've got this, and know we all love and support you."
- (Meteorologist Anne Brown - KJRH) September 5, 2022
Chin's experience was terrifying, and it should encourage others to equip themselves with skills for a possible emergency. The news anchor also used her ordeal for good—hopefully, her tips will prove helpful to someone in a similar situation.
We send our thoughts and prayers to Chin, wishing her a speedy and complete recovery.
Click here for a story about a 94-year-old grandfather and his experiences after having a stroke. The older man made an unbelievable recovery, and his grandkids were the medicine he needed.
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