Update: Did Grammy Awards Reporter Have A Stroke? [Video]
Originally it looked like Los Angeles TV reporter Serene Branson was having a very bad day. She started fumbling her words, lost her composure and after that not one word was intelligible in her report. Immediately some people thought she was having a stroke. She certainly was showing the signs of a stroke.
A CBS spokesman says paramedics on the scene checked her out. All her vital signs were ok. She was not hospitalized. She was given a ride home and the next day said she felt fine. But still, some experts say she was showing many of the signs of a stroke. She had slurred speech and according to Dr. Larry Goldstein, director of the Duke University Stroke Center in Durham, N.C. “she appears to have had some right-side facial weakness. Although this can be caused by other conditions, it is very concerning for stroke.”
According to the National Stroke Association a simple way to remember the signs of stroke is the acronym FAST – Face, Arms, Speech and Time.
FACE – ask the person to smile. Does one side of their 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 symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.