Serene Branson, an entertainment reporter at the local CBS station in Los Angeles, shocked viewers during the 2011 Grammy Awards on Feb. 13 when she began slurring her words and uttering gibberish during a live broadcast.
Branson, who works for KCBS-TV in L.A., was providing backstage coverage of the Grammys when she began speaking incoherently on air.
Speculation mounted that Serene had suffered a stroke during the live news coverage, for which she received immediate medical attention from paramedics.
On Feb. 14, 2011, KCBS-TV denied on its website that Branson was hospitalized following her broadcast, and insisted she is doing fine.
In a statement, CBS Los Angeles said:
“Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized. As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home, and she says she is feeling fine this morning.”
Neither Branson nor the tv station would confirm or deny whether she did, in fact, suffer a stroke.
A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. Symptoms include numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, and slurred speech.
“[That’s a] pretty scary clip,” Dr. Larry Goldstein, director of Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C., told ABC News.
“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.”