An Oklahoma news anchor suffered the “beginnings of a stroke” while live on air over the weekend.
Tulsa’s NBC affiliate KJRH’s Julie Chin was in the middle of a live broadcast on Saturday morning when she said she suddenly lost partial vision in one eye.
One of her arms started going numb, and the words did not come when she attempted to speak.
Chin appeared confused and repeatedly read the teleprompter before leaving her chair.
“I’m sorry, something is going on with me this morning and I apologize to everybody,” Chin said.
“Let’s just go ahead and send it on to meteorologist Annie Brown.”
Tulsa anchor Julie Chin was in the middle of a live broadcast on Saturday morning when she said she suddenly lost partial vision in one eye. Then one of her arms started to feel numb. And, when it was her turn to speak, the right words did not come. https://t.co/TLNRy3ZbHq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 6, 2022
Tulsa news anchor Julie Chin has the beginnings of a stroke live on the air. She knew something was wrong, so tossed it to the meteorologist, as her concerned colleagues called 911. She’s fine now, but wanted to share her experience to educate viewers on stroke warning signs. pic.twitter.com/aWNPPbn1qf
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 5, 2022
Brown finished the rest of the report and Chin did not return, according to a report from Mediaite.
On Sunday night, the veteran Tulsa anchor updated her followers on the situation and apologized.
“I’m so glad to tell you I’m OK,” she wrote 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.”
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.
Chin said her colleagues in the newsroom immediately phoned 9-1-1.
“I’m glad to share that my tests have all come back great,” she wrote. “At this point, doctors think I 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 hopes to be back in the actor’s chair in a few days and asked her followers to educate themselves on the potential warning signs of a stroke.
In the past two years, numerous strange occurrences have happened to news anchors or media personalities while on camera.
These incidents have happened all over the world.