Update 2-17-11: Not a stroke, thank goodness, but a stroke mimic, a complex migraine:
LOS ANGELES — A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys suffered a migraine, her doctors said Thursday.
KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson was doing a stand-up Sunday outside the Staples Center where the award show was held when her speech became incoherent. The station quickly cut away, and she was examined by paramedics and recovered at home.
Branson’s incoherence fueled Internet speculation that she suffered an on-air stroke. But doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles where she went to get a brain scan and blood work done ruled it out.
I’m glad for her. The smart move is to assume this is a stroke until proven it’s not, and I’m glad it wasn’t.
The site I found this on assumed it was on-air jitters, and called it ‘the flub heard ’round the world‘.
Except it’s not a flub. This is one way a stroke can present (watch the video, it’s short and unforgettable):
I cannot suppress the autoplay, and for that reason the video and the rest of the post is below the fold. Apologies.