Serene Branson Possible Stroke Is a Huge Reality Check (VIDEO)

Emily Abbate

Serene BransonTelevision news babes have their fair share of mess-ups when it comes to live reporting. And last night, CBS Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson had a doozy.

The difference between last night's flop and an everyday slip of the tongue? A hospital visit. Branson was taken to the hospital immediately after stumbling over her words during her broadcast. Crew members feared that the Emmy-nominated reporter suffered a stroke, live on air.

So this is what a stroke looks like?

Branson starts off her stand-up outside of the Staples Center saying, "Well, a very very ..." and then loses it. It seems as if the reporter was just fumbling her words, but when no recovery is in sight -- she continues to talk in gibberish-like sentences composed of a train of random syllables.

I've never witnessed a stroke in progress, which is caused by an interruption of blood supply to the brain. But after doing a little online research at the American Heart Association site, what we just witnessed certainly fits the bill. Common symptoms of a stroke include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the arms, legs, or face -- especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble talking, speaking, or understanding
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination
  • Severe headache without known cause

And while there is still no word on how Branson is doing or if it even was a stroke, one thing is for sure -- you just don't think of a stroke happening in someone so young! In actuality, your risk for a stroke increases with age. So perhaps, if you're like me (and many people on Twitter are), the thought of a stroke wasn't your first reaction to the footage. Did the reporter pregame before her broadcast? Is she really that nervous? I thought to myself. But this case makes me worried. I'm young too! As a woman in her 20-somethings, could this happen to me? And if it was indeed a stroke, will I know if I start experiencing one?

I truly do hope that all is well with the Los Angeles reporter. Whether or not it was a stroke, I'll surely take this incident to heart. Now I know what to expect, no matter the age.

Have you or someone you know ever experienced a stroke?

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