A CBS Los Angeles reporter Serene Branson had what appears to be a mild stroke on air during live coverage of the Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. Branson's speech became garbled and incoherent as she appeared to be struggling to maintain her poise. CBS issued the following statement about the incident:
"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."
After watching the clip, several doctors, including Today-show health contributor Nancy Snyderman, M.D., said that Branson appeared to have suffered a mild stroke and needed neurological care. "[That's a] pretty scary clip," said Dr. Larry Goldstein, director of Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C. "She appears to have an aphasia, [or] problem with expressive language, and right-sided facial weakness. Although this can be caused by other conditions, it is very concerning for stroke."
Aphasia usually comes on suddenly after a stroke or head injury, but it can also progress gradually because of a growing brain tumor or degenerative disease. The American Stroke Association says that if a person shows any sign of a stroke, including difficulty speaking, she or he should get to the hospital immediately. Young people account for a third of all stroke victims. Watch the video below of Brandon's incident to have an idea of what to look for when possibly suffering a stroke:
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