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Video: CBS anchor suddenly faints on live TV

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March 20, 2023

A meteorologist with CBS Los Angeles fainted and fell from her desk on live TV Saturday morning, but is now recovering and expected to be OK.

Video posted on social media showed the moment that KCAL meteorologist Alissa Carlson’s eyes rolled backward as she slumped and fell to the floor before she could begin her segment.

Before Carlson passed out, co-anchors Rachel Kim and Nichelle Medina were transitioning into Carlson’s weather report. After they noticed something had gone wrong, Medina said, “You know, we’re gonna go ahead and go to break right now.”

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KCAL stated in an update that “our team jumped in to help and comfort [Carlson] while waiting for medical help to arrive.” KCAL tweeted in the afternoon that Carlson “is now resting and recovering. She says she’s going to be okay.”

In a Facebook post Sunday, Carlson said, “Thanks for all the texts, calls, and well wishes. I am going to be ok!” In another post, she wrote that she is out of the hospital and recovering “from a head injury,” but it is not clear whether the head injury came when she fainted or led to her fainting.

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Carlson previously vomited before a weather broadcast in 2014, which led her to receive a diagnosis for a leaky heart valve, according to a 2018 news segment. She said she later was told that the valve had begun to heal itself with stem cells from her recent pregnancy.

On Facebook on Sunday, Carlson wrote that “thankfully,” the cause of her fainting was “not my heart this time.”

Carlson was crowned Mrs. California in 2018 and placed in the top 15 at the Mrs. America contest that year, according to her online bio.