TULSA, Okla. — 2 News Oklahoma is happy to share that anchor Julie Chin is doing well after experiencing a health scare during our live broadcast on Saturday.
Julie shared a public update on Facebook Sunday evening saying she experienced what doctors say is the "beginnings of a stroke" while delivering the weekend news. She said she started the show feeling fine before the symptoms started.
"I could only see like half of the words in the prompter... and I thought my contact is not in my eye right," she said.
"And then during the commercial break... I got up and I took my contact out and I fixed it. And it was still — still looked funny but I thought I can do this. I'm the only one there, I have to do this."
Then her arm and hand began to go numb.
"I am a doer. I am not a quitter. So I just thought focus harder, Julie. Focus. You've got this."
Julie was giving the latest updates on the Tulsa Air and Space Museum's plans to watch the second attempt of launching the Artemis I rocket when she began struggling to speak full sentences.
"They were right in front of me and I knew what I was reading, and they just weren't coming," she said.
Julie eventually tossed back to weekend Meteorologist Anne Brown to deliver the forecast while the 2 News Oklahoma production team called 911. After spending the weekend being tested and checked over, Julie said the doctors believe she had the beginnings of a stroke, but "not a full stroke" on Saturday.
"We needed to get off air," Anne said. "We needed to make sure that Julie was getting the attention that she needed and the help that she needed."
Julie is home and feeling better, but taking it easy for the time being. She shared parts of her experience on Facebook.
"Only Julie could put into words and be so transparent with people on what she was going through," Anne said. "And I know that her message is going to save so many lives and I hope that a lot of people can take that in and understand that this could happen to anybody."
Julie plans to be back on 2 News Oklahoma Today after taking some time to rest and thanks everyone for their love, support, and concern at this time.
"The good news is everything came out great," Julie said. "They didn't see anything major that was scary to them. But the bad news is that we don't know why it happened and if it could happen again."
Julie is now spreading awareness to others to know what to look for in symptoms of a stroke, in the acronym of BE FAST. According to the American Heart Association, BE FAST stands for:
- Balance (Sudden loss of balance)
- Eyes (Sudden blurriness or loss of vision)
- Face (Facial drooping or numbness)
- Arms (Sudden weakness or numbness of an arm)
- Speech (Slurred speech, or unable to speak)
- Time (Time to call 911)
Other symptoms can include a severe headache, dizziness, confusion, and even numbness felt down to your legs.
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