Thursday, February 17, 2011

Serene Branson not hospitalized after possible Grammy stroke

Serene Branson is a CBS news reporter that apparently suffered a possible stroke on-air during Grammy reporting. During a live evening news report, Branson’s possible stroke was observed by millions. Paramedics said Branson's vital signs were normal, and she insists that she’s "feeling fine". The healthcare bills she would get if she didn’t have a stroke would have caused a lot more than a payday loan would have covered.

Branson with a stroke?

CBS is where Branson works in Los Angeles and has received two Emmy awards. Several noticed that Branson started to slur her words and could not be understood. This was during the Grammy awards. Many were worried about the expression on Branson's face for 10 to 15 seconds. She couldn't seem to talk. This is one of the major warning signs of a stroke, and paramedics were called. The video was one Twitter users originally pointed and laughed at. Later, worry was expressed for Branson though.

Branson states she is ‘feeling fine’

While reporting the Grammy awards, reports initially said Branson was put in the hospital for stroke. A statement was released by CBS 2 news though that said:

“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.”

Reasons for slurred speech

The rumor of Serene Branson getting hospitalized because she possible had a stroke at the Grammys traveled fast. The slurred speech she displayed was what had caused this rumor to spread. A warning sign of a stroke is slurred speech. It’s one of the most common indicators. Other things could be happening with slurred speech. It doesn't have to be a stroke. Distorted speech, or dysathria, could be caused by a brain injury, a tumor, a facial weakness, medications or even facial paralysis.

Articles cited

Mayo Clinic

Time Newsfeed

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