Moment Canadian TV reporter suffers medical emergency live on air – telling host she’s ‘not feeling well’ and slurs words before eerie blank stare

  • Canadian news reporter Jessica Robb suffered a medical emergency on air
  • Robb appeared faint and began repeating her words during the six o’clock news
  • She reports for CTV in Edmonton, which said she was  ‘better’ and ‘resting’
  • After saying that she was ‘okay’ her Twitter profile was made private 

A Canadian news reporter became faint and appeared to suffer a medical emergency live on air this weekend.

Jessica Robb was presenting a segment on CTV’s six o’clock news on Sunday when she appeared faint, began repeating her words, and told the host: ‘I’m not feeling well.’

Her report was cut short and the host in the studio, Nahreman Issa, reassured viewers that Robb was not alone and had support.

Hours later both Robb and CTV Edmonton, where Robb works, put out tweets suggesting her recovery was underway, but not long after Robb’s tweets were made private. 

In a statement shared with on Monday afternoon she said: ‘On Sunday night, a very personal and vulnerable moment unfolded as I reported live on air.’

Jessica Robb (pictured on air on Sunday) became faint and appeared to suffer a medical emergency live on air this weekend

In a tweet that has since been made private, Robb said she was ‘okay’

Robb began the segment speaking coherently about how families of victims feel three years on from the downing of Flight PS752 by the Iranian military.

‘Families are pushing the feds to… pushing the feds to…’ she said, as she tripped over her words and stuttered.

As she became increasingly faint and seemed to lose her balance, she said: ‘Sorry Nahreman. I’m, I’m, I’m not feeling very well right now, and I’m about to just…’

She was then interrupted by Issa, who said: ‘Okay, we’ll come back to you and we’ll make sure that Jessica, you are doing okay. Thank you.’

In the moments before the camera returned to Issa, Robb began inching forward with a wobble.

A few hours later CTV Edmonton said on its official Twitter page: ‘Thanks to everyone who inquired about our reporter who became ill during the 6 p.m. News. Jessica Robb is feeling better and is now resting.’

At around the same time Robb posted on her own Twitter saying that she was ‘okay.’

‘Thank you to everyone who has reached, my cameraman, @Stmcclune for being there for me, & @NahremanIssaCTV for being an absolute pro (as usual),’ she said.

The anchor’s Twitter profile then went private soon after, but it is not clear why.

‘To everyone who has reached out with supportive messages of well wishes and concern, thank you. It’s been overwhelming, and while I can’t get to all the messages, please know I’ve seen them and appreciate every single one,’ she said in the statement. 

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.’ 

CTV Edmonton said on its official Twitter page that Robb was ‘better’ and ‘resting’

Robb works as a news anchor for Canadian broadcaster CTV in Edmonton

In October last year a news anchor in Oklahoma also started gargling her words on air as she started to suffer from a stroke.

Julie Chin, of Tulsa NBC affiliate KJRH, was delivering a story about NASA’s cancelled Artemis-I launch when she suddenly found herself unable to speak the words she was reading off her teleprompter.

Some days after Chin took to Facebook to explain that she was in good health, and that doctor’s believed she suffered ‘the beginnings of a stroke, but not a full stroke.’

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