A Canadian reporter Sunday suffered a scary medical emergency while on live broadcast.
According to the Calgary Sun, Jessica Robb – a journalist at CTV Edmonton, Alta. – was right in the middle of her report when she began to speak incoherently and then was unable to string a sentence together.
Robb tried to smile through it but managed to get across to news anchor Nahreman Issa that something wasn’t quite right with her, the paper reported.
“Sorry, Nahreman,” Robb said in the footage posted online. “I’m not feeling very well right now and I’m about to …”
The reporter can be seen moving unsteadily and looking towards the person behind the camera before the broadcast goes to the news anchor in the studio.
“We will make sure that Jessica is OK, and we’ll give you guys an update a little bit later,” the news anchor assured the audience.
On Monday, CTV released a statement from Robb, although it did not reveal what exactly caused her medical problem.
“On Sunday night, a very personal and vulnerable moment unfolded as I reported live on air,” Robb said in the statement. “Since then, it has been shared thousands of times, along with baseless theories about the cause.”
Thanking people who sent her words of support and well wishes, she added: “I have also received an overwhelming amount of harassment and hatred, tied to false theories about the reason for the incident.
“While I will not share private medical information publicly, I can say that there is no cause for concern and that my understanding of my own medical background provides a reasonable explanation for what happened.
“I can, however, confirm that the situation was in no way related to the COVID-19 vaccine.”
It is not clear when Robb will return to work.