LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Serene Branson’s video is prompting discussions about strokes and transient ischemic attacks tonight. Serene Branson last night appeared to be having a stroke on air. But was she?
As reported before dawn on LALATE, British news claimed that Branson was hospitalized overnight. She wasn’t, says Branson and her station. But now other news channels are now asking the question of whether Branson should have sought medical attention, rather than simply go home and rest.
On Sunday evening, CBS aired the Grammys telecast. Afterwards, CBS2 News’ Serene Branson was to do the evening recap. An in-studio anchor sent the live broadcast to Branson. Branson appeared happy, pleasant, and stood in perfect posture.
But as soon as Serene Branson began to speak, she couldn’t formulate a word, or a sentence, slurring every syllable. By Sunday evening, Twitter was a blaze with disparaging comments by people thinking that Branson had simply committed a news reporter blunder. But shortly thereafter, it appeared there was nothing humorous about the situation whatsoever.
By late evening, British news reported that Branson may have suffered a stroke and that she was hospitalized. Both reports were false. As Monday started, U.S. news revisited the subject. Branson tweeted that she was fine. Her station issued a statement that she had her vital signs checked and was taken home by a friend.
But suddenly the news reporter became the news story.
Did Branson make a mistake in going home after merely checking vital signs? Should Branson have seen a physician immediately? Tonight, doctors are telling news that Branson absolutely should have sought medical assistance immediately to verify that she had not suffered a stroke, a mini stroke, or a transient ischemic attack.
Now national news is using the video to inform viewers what to watch for as warning signals for strokes.
“Serene Branson was examined by paramedics on scene immediately after her broadcast,” Branson’s station, KCBS, said in a statement. “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.”
The American Stroke Association is adamant that if a person exhibits symptoms of a stroke that they should get to an emergency room immediately. Stroke symptoms include difficulty speaking. Several physicians for ABC and CBS News who watched the clip call it “scary” and believe Branson should have sought immediate medical attention immediately to confirm that she was okay.