KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson became the subject of backstage Grammys drama and Internet rumors after her jumbled speech while reporting live at the Grammys in Los Angeles sparked fears that she may have had a stroke while on camera. But CBS News reported today that the reporter is feeling fine and does not appear to have had a stroke.
The station said in a statement today that Branson was checked out by paramedics at the scene and was determined to be OK. “Her vital signs were normal. She was not hospitalized,” the statement said. “As a precautionary measure, a colleague gave her a ride home, and she says she is feeling fine this morning."
Branson’s slurred speech and gibberish were initially mocked when a video of her report was posted on the Web. Later accounts reported in error that Branson had suffered a stroke and was taken to the hospital.
In announcing that Branson is doing well today, CBS News said, “The reassuring news comes as a surprise to some, given the worrisome nature of Branson’s inability to articulate real words. She started her report by saying, ‘A very heavy blurtation tonight,’ before her speech devolved into complete gibberish.”
Dr. John Krakauer, an associate professor of neurology and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, expressed surprise that she was not taken to the hospital. “Frankly, I would have admitted her,” he said, adding that the reporter may have experienced a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, described as a “mini-stroke” that causes only temporary problems.
Click here to see the video of Branson’s Grammys report.