Yesterday distressing images of Serene Branson of KCBS-TV were seen on TV
while she was set to report live on Grammy Awards. It was reported that while
on camera she might have suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), often referred
to as mini-stroke. Suddenly Serene lost the ability to speak. Ms. Serene
Branson was examined by paramedics on the scene and after she was given an all
clear report, she was taken home by a friend. However no official report has
been made yet, it is believed that the CBS reporter did not suffer from stroke.
But doctors who have seen the footage are concerned about her health as the chances
of stroke are high after such an event.
Dr. Larry Goldstein of the Duke Stroke Centre, Durham N.C. said, "She
appears to have aphasia; a problem with expressive language, and right-sided
facial weakness. Although this can be caused by other conditions, it is very
concerning for stroke."
Aphasia is a degenerative illness and generally affects people after post an
episode of stroke or head injury. It progresses over time due to brain tumors,
infections or dementia.