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NOT FUNNY -- TV reporter's meltdown

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoCalDude, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    This is not meant for humor because Serene Branson probably suffered a stroke on the air last night. She was outside the Grammy's and began talking gibberish. She is a veteran reporter who anchors sometimes on the weekends.

  2. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    No stroke, according to the station. But bizarre.

  3. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I have not seen it, but has the word seizure been mentioned yet?
  4. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    That was a little disturbing, if only because something like that could sneak up on anyone. So far, she's only been checked by paramedics. Not knocking EMTs, but I hope she has a more thorough check done soon.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Agreed, jlee ... of course, it's already on YouTube with hints she was drunk. Gotta love Citizen Journalism.
  6. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    If you are drunk; you slur your words. You don't babble like a 2-year-old
  7. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    Considering her youthful age, it's probably not a stroke. More likely, it's epileptic dysphasia or a similar episode. If that's the case, it's probably treatable. </gregoryhouse>
  8. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Love the House reference.

    One site mentions migraine headaches. If Serene is prone to migraines, this could be a side effect. Still, that's scary.
  9. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Youth doesn't preclude a stroke. My wife suffered a stroke, hung on for a couple weeks and died. She was 42. It happened 2 1/2 years ago.

    I'm not saying that's what did or didn't happen with Serene Branson. Still, it can happen if you're young.
  10. Being diabetic, once my blood sugar gets below 50, I ramble and become incoherent.

    Happened after a high school game (switched my insulin intake by mistake) and luckily I recorded the interview as well as wrote it down. When I got back to the office, I couldn't make out any of my notes and fortunately the coach understood what I was trying to say.

    Not sure the reporter in question is diabetic or has blood-sugar issues, but it's a possible explanation.
  11. terrier

    terrier Well-Known Member

    AVN? (i.e., Nate Fisher, Six Feet Under)
  12. Dyno

    Dyno Well-Known Member

    A good friend of mine had a stroke at 39. No family history of strokes, never smoked, was in good shape, ate well. She collapsed shortly after finishing a 5K. She went to the ER and they just assumed it was dehydration so they gave her fluids and sent her home. When she wasn't feeling well the next day and her vision was "funny" she went back to the hospital, where they ran more tests and discovered she'd had a stroke. She recovered almost fully, but lost some of her vision and she can never drive again.
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