California meteorologist passes out and falls out of chair during live broadcast
A California meteorologist fainted Saturday morning just as her segment began, surprising her colleagues.
Alissa Carlson Schwartz, a meteorologist at CBS LA, was preparing to broadcast a weather report on the outlet’s 7:00 a.m. show when she tilted her head forward on her desk, then slipped out of her chair.
Upon realizing what had happened, the show’s presenters reacted in shock before going into a commercial break.
“Thank you for all the texts, calls and messages. I’m fine!” Later Schwartz writing in a Facebook post
TMZ noted Schwartz has previously discussed a heart condition, which she said she discovered after a 2014 episode in which she threw up during a newscast. It is not known if his collapse on Saturday is related to this condition.
In a 2018 segment for KGET, where Schwarz later worked as chief meteorologist, she said the health scare led to a doctor’s appointment and the discovery that she had a leaky heart valve, which would likely need to be replaced at some point in the future.
Later, nine months after giving birth to her daughter, she said she started feeling chest pains. After consulting a doctor, she learned that her daughter’s stem cells had caused the “valve repair”.
“My baby’s stem cells had started to heal my heart,” she said in tears, “I feel I owe it to people and everyone and to God to give back and spread this story and realize that you might have something that you don’t even know you have.
Schwartz was inspired by her condition to become an advocate for heart health, even portion as President of the American Heart Red initiative circle of the association.
KGETComment reported in 2018 that Carlson had been named Ms. California and later put in the top 15 of the Mrs. America.