I'm extremely sorry that news reporter Serene Branson had the very scary online incident with what the doctors have determined was a migraine aura, in which her speech suddenly became garbled on air while reporting the Grammy's. I'm thankful she did not have a stroke or evidence of a brain tumor.
I can appreciate that she found it embarrassing and stressful to think that this clip had gone viral on YouTube and had been the topic of much conversation and concern for her health.
BUT, our own daughter was out of work for several months after having a similar migraine event at work. Her speech was not garbled, but very halting and slow, as she struggled to get words out to the extent that she sounded like she had had a stroke. We put her in the hospital where they basically doped her up, hoping to break the grip of the migraine. After putting a tremendous amount of pressure on the medical establishment, we succeeded in getting her a fast appointment with the Neurologist who had seen her in the hospital. After some testing, he diagnosed her with having a Complex Migraine with aura.
According to the CBS news article I've linked to, "Now, with a positive diagnosis, Branson said she wants to help others who might have the same condition."
And THAT's my problem.
Yes, what happened to her was personally embarrassing. I know because we watched the emotional distress that our daughter, and we for that matter, felt during her struggle with a similar migraine event.
BUT, CBS has pulled the YouTube video of her online report during which this migraine event happened, citing copyright laws (their legal right). But it happened, and it happened on air! It was not reported on air, it HAPPENED on air. To me, there's a difference.
How is that helping people who need to know that when something like this happens out of nowhere that they might not be having a psychotic break??? Or a brain tumor??? That it could be from a migraine??? Please don't misunderstand me on this, this type of migraine is called a Complex Migraine and is much more severe than regular migraines, but it's still a migraine, not a life ending event.
Once "news" has been made, we shouldn't have the right to "take it back". Obliterating the event by removing the record is a disservice to others who might suffer a similar problem. It's a disservice to our country that news can be sanitized to the point that the meaning is lost.
I've lived long enough to see quite a few "facts" from the past ignored, minimized, and even re-written. This situation is just one example.