LOS ANGELES (CBSLosAngeles/AP) — A TV reporter who lapsed into gibberish during a live shot outside the Grammys told CBS 2’s Pat Harvey in an exclusive interview Thursday that she was terrified when it happened and knew something was wrong as soon as she opened her mouth.
KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson’s incoherence Sunday 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.
Doctors said she suffered a type of migraine that can mimic symptoms of a stroke. The station quickly cut away and Branson was swarmed by photographers and her field producer. She was examined by paramedics and recovered at home.
Branson recalled, “They sat me down immediately. I dropped the microphone. Right after that, my cheek went numb, my hand went numb, my right hand went numb and I started to cry. I was scared. I didn’t know what had gone on and I was embarrassed and fearful.
“I was scared, nervous, confused, exhausted, and in an evening dress in the back of an ambulance.”
She returned to the KCBS-TV newsroom on Thursday.
When asked if she is ready to come back to work, Branson said, “I got to get ready for the Oscar’s now Pat. My boss has already asked if I’m ready and I expressed to him that I am anxious and eager to get back to being back at work and I’m ready to be telling the story and not be the story.”