A CBS meteorologist in Los Angeles was taken to the hospital after fainting on air on Saturday, in a terrifying moment that has gone viral on social media.
After her KCAL co-anchors cut to her for the weather report on rain in Los Angeles this week during the 7:00 a.m. hour, weatherwoman Alissa Carlson Schwartz collapsed on live TV.
Schwartz, who was visibly pale, leaned forward, her eyes rolling to the back of her head. She appeared to try to catch herself from falling, but her head slumped down on her desk before she passed out and fell to the ground.
Nichelle Medina and Rachel Kim, Schwartz’s co-anchors, do not appear to be immediately aware of what happened, possibly mistaking Schwartz’s reaction to the upcoming weather forecast. They quickly realized something was wrong and announced to the audience, “We’re going to take a quick break right now.” The morning show did not return to a live segment, TMZ reported.
CBS Los Angeles Vice President and News Director Mike Dello Stritto told the outlet that Schwartz’s coworkers called 911 and that she was being treated at a nearby hospital, but he did not elaborate on what caused her to collapse.
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Schwartz posted on Facebook Sunday, “Thanks for all the kind wishes as I recover from a head injury. I am out of the hospital and doing ok. Lots of sleeping and even some pizza – TY.” It is unclear if the collapse was caused by a head injury or whether she sustained the head injury as a result of her fall.
“I appreciate all the prayers as I recover,” she wrote. “More to come…”
According to TMZ, Schwartz had another medical incident in 2014 while working for another network when she allegedly vomited live on set during a weather report and was later diagnosed with a leaky heart valve.
Schwartz stated in a Facebook post on Sunday that the latest collapse was unrelated to her heart.
“Thankfully, it’s not my heart this time,” she wrote, adding that she will be doing “lots of sleeping” as she takes time to recover.