Tulsa news anchor Julie Chin has a message for viewers after experiencing what she called the “beginnings of a stroke” while on the air on Saturday morning.
Chin, who works for NBC affiliate KJRH, stumbled over her words and then finally paused during what was meant to be a readout on NASA’s Artemis launch.
She quickly threw it to meteorologist Anne Brown after telling viewers that “something is going on with me this morning, and I apologize.”
Chin tried to explain what happened in a Facebook post.
Julie Chin Shares Update 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,” she wrote. “Some of you witnessed it firsthand, and I’m so sorry that happened.
“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.”
Julie Chin on Air
The news anchor later added that “it’s not always obvious when someone has had a stroke, and action is critical.”
Per CBS News:
“Treatments work best when a stroke is diagnosed within three hours of the onset of symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and some patients are no longer eligible for those treatments once the three-hour window has past. Someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke once every 40 seconds, per the CDC, which adds up to more than 795,000 people per year.”