Another harrowing moment was captured live as a California meteorologist suffered a medical emergency on-air leaving co-hosts stunned: “Ooh!”
The 7 a.m. hour had barely begun during Saturday’s broadcast of KCAL News when a preview of the upcoming Los Angeles weather forecast was promptly sent back to commercials to attend to meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz.
As it happened, co-hosts Rachel Kim and Nichelle Medina began to introduce their colleague with optimism about potential sunny skies. However, before she herself could say anything to her peers, Schwartz’s eyes could be seen rolling back as she started to list, fold over onto the desk and then slide completely down to the ground.
The collapse took place as Kim could be heard exclaiming “Not again!” as the broadcast continued before she realized what had happened and let out a surprised “ooh!” fighting back her instinct to run over and check on the potentially injured coworker until after cutting to commercial.
According to a report from TMZ, the live broadcast never resumed and CBS Los Angeles Vice President and News Director Mike Dello Stritto explained, “Our colleague Alissa Carlson became ill during our 7 AM newscast this morning. I want to thank her co-workers who took immediate action to comfort Alissa and call 911. Alissa is being treated at the hospital right now. Hopefully we’ll know more shortly. In the meantime, Alissa will be in our thoughts and we’re praying for her to be feeling much better soon.”
In fact, Schwartz had issued her own statement providing a limited update to her Facebook followers that read, “Thanks for all the texts, calls, & messages. I’m going to be ok!”
As well wishes poured in for the meteorologist, KCAL News also posted a statement to social media that read, “All of us at KCAL News want [to] thank you for your thoughts and prayers after Meteorologist Alissa Carlson fainted during our morning newscast. Alissa is now resting and recovering. She says she’s going to be okay.”
Schwartz’s collapse is only the most recent example in a disturbing trend of seemingly healthy people experiencing medical emergencies and was preceded by a similar occurrence in January when Canadian journalist Jessica Robb began struggling to communicate while broadcasting on location before she was seen losing her balance as the feed cut away.
“I’m, I’m, I’m not feeling very well right now, and I’m about to just…” she could be heard saying before the anchor attempted to allay concerns by reminding viewers the journalist wasn’t alone.
Robb similarly provided little details about her condition after the incident asserting her right to medical privacy. However, in the case of Schwartz, this was not her first on-air health scare as in 2014 an interrupted forecast where she had vomited in studio led to her being diagnosed with a leaky heart valve.