Molly Shen's story: broadcast journalist's close call with stroke

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An experienced news anchor was forced to abruptly end her broadcast after she began stumbling over her words, revealing what she called the “beginnings of a stroke.”

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It happened last week during a live newscast at KIRO-TV in Seattle.

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Molly Shen, who has been with the station for more than two decades, was in the middle of reading a story when she started to slur her words.

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“I’m sorry, I’m having trouble speaking,” she said before taking a long pause.

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Shen then attempted to continue reading but quickly realized something was wrong and decided to end the broadcast.

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“I think I’m having the beginnings of a stroke, so I’m going to go,” she said before walking off camera.

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Fortunately, Shen was immediately rushed to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. She has since been released from the hospital and is at home resting.

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In a statement, KIRO-TV news director John Ertzgaard praised Shen for her quick actions.

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“Molly is a veteran journalist and an integral part of our newsroom,” he said. 

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“We’re so grateful she recognized the symptoms of a stroke and got the help she needed right away.

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