Skip to comments.Report: Local CBS Reporter Hospitalized After Alleged On-Air Stroke? (video)
Posted on 02/14/2011 7:43:23 AM PST by OldDeckHand
At first glance, the video is funny, just another in the long line of on-air bloopers from news reporters. However, it now appears that KCBS in Los Angeles Serene Branson may have suffered something far more serious than a live TV mistake. Shortly after the bizarre moment in the nights broadcast where she seemed to be unable to speak coherently, Branson was hospitalized with some speculating that she may have had a stroke.
In the video, Branson is attempting to cover the Grammys when her words just turn to gibberish and she tries and fails to correct herself. After the broadcast, the Emmy-nominated reporter was taken to a local hospital. However, this didnt stop the video from quickly going viral and being passed around on Tumblr and YouTube.
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Oh my! I hope she recovers. Prayers for her.
My son had a classmate that had a stoke. She was 15 at the time. She never did recover and died a few years later.
Women who smoke and take birth control medication are at very high risk, it can be quite serious.
Poor woman. I hope she’s all right.
Wow! That was strange and disturbing and I hope she’s okay with no residual damage or other ill effects.
Best wishes to her for a full recovery.
May God bless her with a complete recovery.
My guess is a partial complex seizure disorder, or possibly a Grand Mal seizure disorder contolled by medication (but not entirely successfully).
Had a good friend have a stroke while eating lunch
with me. Took a few seconds to realize what had happened.
He got his speech back after a few minutes and denied
any thing wrong, but a few simple tests convinced him
and we got him to hospital, unfortunately he had massive
stokes in the following 24 hrs and died.
Ask the person to touch their nose, if they can’t do it,
Have them walk a straight line, can’t do it, not good.
Have them stick out their tongue, if it curves to one
side, another indicator, get them help fast.
Learn the signs of stroke, save someone’s life.
Poor baby. The frightened look on her face brought tears to my eyes. I hope she makes a full recovery soon.
Yes, that was disturbing. You could tell she was just as surprised as the people listening to her, which is even more disconcerting.
A recent article noted that young folks who are obese are at increased risk of stroke.
It fit right in with the things "the talent" were saying.
Thank You for those pointers. Just watching the video, you knew something was terribly wrong.
Prayers to God that she’s OK :(
She seemed ok at first. After her first few words she started to have real problems. And I don’t think she was drunk or drugged.
I once was working on a TV show and the host had a stroke on the air. The guest was a doctor, and when the host said “I feel poorly, I’m going home” the doctor said “No you’re not, you’re coming to the hospital with me.”
The host came back to work in about three weeks.
Yeah, I don't either. She's too clear-eyed for that. To my completely non-medical mind, it appears like it was something that was happening acutely; Either a stroke or aneurysm, or perhaps some kind of seizure disorder that CharlesMartel described just above.
A stroke is when there is actual damage to the brain tissue from a sustained lack of oxygen supply. The effort is to mimimize the area of brain tissue that suffers from the ischemic episode.
Yes, disturbing, and you can see the realization of something being wrong in her expression. When it is
diagnosed, it would be good instructional vid “on what to watch for with ***_____***malady.”
My aunt had a TIA. She called me from work one night and told me she didn’t feel well. Her arm was numb and she felt weird talking. I told her to stay right there (40 min drive) and I would come get her. When I picked her up and she was sitting in the car, she said she felt better and just wanted to go home and sleep. I told her NO WAY, she was going to hospital, that I thought it might be beginning of stroke and she had to have attention immediately.
Drs. told me I probably saved her life by insisting the hospital. God Bless this reporter. Praying for her.
I do hope she’s ok, that must of been an extremely frightening thing to have happen to one’s self.
Bump what you said. That’s not “drunk”, that’s something serious.
My mother has suffered several TIA's, one while I was speaking to her on the phone. In that particular case, she was speaking to me when her words (just as you witness with this reporter) became jumbled and unintelligible. I then heard her sigh and the phone hit the floor. I ran to my vehicle and continued to try and get her back on the phone while driving to her home. She answered before I arrived, but told me that she woke up in the middle of the kitchen floor. I drove her straight to the ER, where they performed the tests needed to see the evidense of not only this TIA but at least two others that they said might have occurred during her sleep, since she was not aware of it having ever happened before. She now takes meds to keep her blood thinned and to prevent clots... No TIA's have occurred since then. Now, if we can just beat the cancer back we should be doing well...
My heart breaks to see this occurring to anyone. In this case, you can see the fear come across her eyes as she realizes something has happened to her. I don't care what their politics or profession might be, it is a terrible thing to happen to anyone. TIA's, Strokes, aneurysms, MI's... They are all equal opportunity killers.
Prayers up for the young lady...
Wow that video is just spooky. She looks so bright and clear minded, and then something bad started happening, and you can see the bewildered look in her eyes as she tries to fight through whatever is happening. She’s a professional. Best wishes for a complete recovery!
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Just watched the video. That’s definitely not a drunk, nor a mere syllable or two off.
No one at CBS 2 News in Los Angeles is yet saying what happened to reporter Serene Branson at the Grammys late Sunday that caused her widely circulated and speculated-upon struggles (as seen above), but the station did say this morning in response to a phone inquiry that she is "doing much better."
It's a little odd that a more complete explanation hasn't been given, especially considering it happened live on the air, and they are a a news organization. But, there may be some employee/employer HIPAA considerations here as well.
I had a stroke at 49 and it happened in a manner similar to this young lady. I also first started talking jibberish that sounded perfectly fine to me but my patient started to give me strange looks as did my office assistant. I then tried to walk out of the room and fell twice like I had just been hammered by a Tyson right hand. Luckily one of my best friends is a neurologist with an office down the hall and he came in, literally picked me up, put me in his car and I was in the ER in about 5 minutes from the start of my symptoms. Undiagnosed hypertension was the culprit, yeah docs can be be unbelievably stupid when it comes to their own health.Very quick action and the immediate lowering of my pressure helped minimize the damage and I was back in my office 6 weeks later with minimal residual problems. I was and am a very lucky guy. And I never hesitate to buy my buddy a drink in thanks!
Glad you are OK and thank God for your Buddy.
I have unfortunately learned in the past few weeks that many of these symptoms can also be attributed to Glioblastoma Multi Forme( GBM - Brain Cancer) where the tumor begins to affect the frontal lobe. Of course, a stroke is much more common. My father had many of these symptoms at the end of December and was was diagnosed with an orange sized GBM (in both Hemispheres) in January. My family is learning what an evil thing this monster is. I hate to say it, but I wish it were a stroke instead.
Update from the link. After watching her I sure hope she got checked out.
UPDATE: Fortunately, it appears that the hospitalization report may have been false. From the Daily News:
Despite a report from Londons Daily Telegraph that she was hospitalized, Branson may have merely been checked by EMT personnel and sent home with a friend, according to Kristin Cruz, co-host of the Mark & Kristin Show on KOST 103.5 in Los Angeles.
CBS 2 News in LA has yet to comment on the incident.
Witnessed a few of them with her. Freaky and frightening as at first, she thought she was speaking perfectly fine.
Her older sister had them as well.
Uhm. That's not an encouraging update. Hopefully, saner heads have prevailed, and she has sought out and received professional medical care. I don't think that a perfunctory examination by an EMT after babbling incoherently is the most prudent response.
CBS 2 just updated her webpage a few moments ago. It reads...
Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast. Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home and she says that she is feeling fine this morning.
I can't believe they didn't make her go to the hospital.
Appears to be a cerbrovascular accident to me, but it is reminiscent of the sad Jessica Savitch incident.
Thanks for posting that. I was telling some co-workers about the tests for stroke last week. Do you have a link for your list?
I can't believe it either. Did you read the comments at the last link you posted? About 90% of them are imploring her to get to a doctor to have further tests run.
My mother died with GBM at the age of 78, three months after diagnosis and surgery. It is a bad, bad cancer.