'Something is going on': KJRH news anchor Julie Chin struggles to speak as she suffers stroke on live TV
Julie Chin explained on Facebook that she was in good health, and doctors believed she suffered 'the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke'
TULSA, OKLAHOMA: Julie Chin, of Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH suffered a stroke on air and suddenly found herself unable to speak words. An Oklahoma news anchor suffered the beginnings of a stroke on air, while reading off her teleprompter on September, 4, and was forced to cut the broadcast short.
Unaware Chin found herself stumbling over her words while delivering a story about NASA's canceled Artemis-I launch. The news anchor then quickly apologized and tossed the show to the weather team. "I'm sorry, something is going on with me this morning and I apologize to everybody, Let's just go ahead and send it on to meteorologist Annie Brown." The anchor didn't return once the weather was done as co-workers had called 9-11 and rushed her to a hospital.
Tulsa news anchor Julie Chin has the beginnings of a stroke live on the air. She knew something was wrong, so tossed it to the meteorologist, as her concerned colleagues called 911. She’s fine now, but wanted to share her experience to educate viewers on stroke warning signs. pic.twitter.com/aWNPPbn1qf— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 5, 2022
Brown seamlessly took over the broadcast as Chin could be heard trying to utter an apology off camera. "Julie we love you so much, we love you so much," Brown then said with a laugh as the broadcast cut to her, "We all have those days," Brown continued. On Sunday evening Chin took to Facebook to explain that she was in good health, and that doctor's believed she suffered 'the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke. "I'm glad to share that my tests have all come back great. At this point, doctors think I had the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke," she wrote."'There are still lots of questions, and lots to follow up on, but the bottom line is I should be just fine."
Chin explained that she had felt fine before the broadcast, but that her condition deteriorated suddenly. "The episode seemed to have come out of nowhere. I felt great before our show. However, over the course of several minutes during our newscast, things started to happen. First, I lost partial vision in one eye. A little bit later my hand and arm went numb." Chin also thanked a number of her colleagues who recognized the situation and sprang to action. "I'm so grateful for your quick action. I’ve always said I work on the best team, and this is one more reason why," she wrote. Chin noted that while she was still at the hospital undergoing some tests, she planned to be back on camera within a few days. "My Dad jokes this is the first extended period of time I’ve spent by myself since my son was born, and he’s right," she said