The Fainting Spell

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So I passed out during my live shot this Saturday. As in, went down HARD on live TV! Ha, such a crazy experience.  A lot of people have expressed concern and well wishes and I really appreciate it. However, this is not the first time I have passed out cold. I am known to faint any time I am in high altitudes and get too cold. (so does my twin sister Britt) So this week I plan to go get checked out by a doctor and get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, we can all laugh at the craziness of the situation! I have laughed many times watching this video so don’t feel bad if it makes you giggle. I feel like someone should dub Keisha “Timber” over it and play the fall in slow motion. Special thanks to Richard, President of the Nordic Alliance, who was with me all morning. He handled the situation so gracefully and was so sweet and made sure I was okay. I could feel myself getting light headed and tried to warn the producer that I was sick. After I went down I sat up and had no idea how long I had been out but saw the camera pointed at my face and decided to keep on talking!

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  1. Jamie Johnson says

    I think you did an amazing job and I totally understand not knowing how long you were passed out for. I passed out once while in Basic Training in South Carolina and when I ‘woke’ back up I could swear I was back here at home in Good Ole Utah with my parents. Sadly my Drill Sergeant told me that no it was just an unconscious dream and probably the best sleep I would get for a long while. He was right.
    Honestly I can imagine that for most people we wouldn’t immediately jump right back to what we were doing before we passed out so I applaud you on your quick reaction and getting back into it.
    Good luck and you did amazing!

    • Frank says

      She locked her knees. This happens at Marine Boot Camp when young recruits stand at attention and lock their knees.

      You can even see in the video that her knees are locked as she falls over. Luckily she fell backwards in snow and not on a hard surface.

  2. Jenn says

    Have you ever been tested for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome? Sounds like that’s why you’re passing out! It’s becoming more and more common! I’ve got it myself!

  3. watchjason says

    …such a great soul. And a consummate pro. You handled yourself with such grace, and able to chuckle at the situation. Keep smiling, and I Happy New Year!

  4. DarkAngel says

    I’m sure they didn’t teach that in journalism class. Kudos to you on the great recovery. Shame on your camera man for not coming to your aid, though.
    P.S. You twins rock!

  5. Ren says

    I’m not going to lie, I’ve watched the clip about half a dozen times, and it’s still funny. I have so much respect and admiration for the fact you kept going like nothing was wrong. Such a class act! Is it terrible that I just want to hug you? Absolutely adorable. I’m glad you’re okay, though!

  6. Michael says

    My wife and I were so impressed with how you responded to the situation — and of course we laughed and laughed after we learned you were OK. (And then we watched it again and laughed again!) We’re so glad you’re OK. We’re also the parents of twin 2-year-olds, so we’re always interested in stories of twins. Keep up the great work and we hope you’re OK!

  7. Patricia McManus says

    Brooke, amazing recovery! Evidence of a true professional. I understand you plan to see a doctor. I recommend you discuss the possibility of dysautonomia. Your episode reminded me of many that I have. Got to Dysautonomia SOS and read about dysautonomia and POTS.Good luck.

  8. Kavion Xavior says

    You’re a true professional,with the heart of a world class professional fighter. I thought they were the only ones allow to be unconscious for 8 seconds and still allowed to proceed if they regain consciousness….Wow! great job.

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  9. Dave says

    Wow, I cannot believe you carried on and saved the report. I am a fainter too and I did not find your experience funny, just scary. Hopefully it is nothing serious and it was mainly due to the altitude. Take care of yourself. I can tell you are committed to your work, but don’t sacrifice health for work.

  10. Jenn HB says

    Wow. That was scary and later funny. I have watched it a ton of times now just to look at different things like the young girl’s reaction. It was great the way he tried to help you. Very quick reaction. When you popped back up and carried on, I can’t believe that he had the composure to answer your questions. I’m sure you scared both of them to death. Hopefully it is not serious and is due to less oxygen in high altitudes. Maybe before you do a report in high altitudes you should breath a little from an air/O2 tank to give your body a little O2 boost just before you go live? You two are adorable twins!

  11. Victor says

    Brooke,

    You are the epitome of professionalism. This video revealed your complete focus on getting the job done, and that is admirable, but don’t let your desire to do your job impact your ability to be an advocate for your own health. No one else can or will be that, because no one has your complete knowledge.

    BTW, as a journalist (both you and me) I think there may be a great story opportunity: Follow you and your twin sister through separate healthcare paths. This situation provides a unique opportunity to have two genetically identical patients move through a health care process.

    Happy New Year, and all the best!
    Victor

  12. Haji Zainol Abideen says

    Sorry to see you faint like that! Glad to know that you are alright now. Hope you do get yourself checked properly by your medical doctor. Be well and have a healthy new year. Best regards from Malaysia.

  13. David says

    As a nurse of 22 years I have found that many fainting spells are cardiac related; either too fast or too slow. You can ask your doctor if you can wear an event monitor for several weeks. Probably won’t catch an event in just 24 hours with a holter monitor. Go out in the cold and try to reproduce it. Besides that, teach people around you to take your pulse. If taken during the event, they may pick something up. By the way, love your spirit.

  14. Lisa says

    Glad you are okay, and I have to tell you that was handled with pure grace. You my dear are awesome! True reporter, get the story no matter what. I am amazed at how you came back and was on top of that interview:)

  15. Randy Wyles, All News 106.7 - Atlanta says

    Excellent job, young lady!
    As a 40 year veteran of both radio and TV news, I have done my share of TV Live shots. I was also knocked out, once, when I came off of one of my horses that we were training and struck my head on an exposed tree root. But I’ve never lost consciousness on the air (unless, of course, you talk with my producer, who often wondered if I was “all there” during most of my live shots – but that’s another matter).
    Yep, you handled that like an absolute pro, Brook. And I remember, after being knocked out for about 20 seconds or so the time I came off the horse, that my friends there with me said I was talking as I came to like nothing had happened.
    Weird, because it felt like I had been asleep for hours. In fact I felt pretty rested.
    So, I know how you felt when you came to — and you saw the camera, knew you were still on and your mind just went right back into “live shot” mode.
    Great job!
    I’ve known reporters who NEVER fainted and STILL couldn’t get through a live shot — even if they’d had a ventriloquist reading their script off camera.
    Keep up the good work.

  16. Celeste says

    I hope you share what you find. I have been passing out for the last 5 years or so and doctors can’t seem to figure out what’s causing it…Hope you have better luck than I.

  17. Jennie says

    Do you experience dizziness upon standing up and/or feel dizzy or pass out when you get too warm as well? If so, you may have a condition called dysautonomia, one of its many symptoms is being unable to regulate your body temperature well or at all. No harm in asking your doctor to check for it at least :)

  18. Fernando Molina says

    i am workin this whole month whitout free days , so i understand ur situation. i have a trick (secret ) i have a lot of little food in my pocket , candys , chocolates, drink hidratantes like gatorade , nothing with taurine because it pusshes ur hard presuurre . at a lot of litle food especialy with sugar and u never will fill faint again . God bless girl.

  19. Sherry Baker says

    It sounds like vasovagal syncope, explained here: http://www.vasovagal-syncope.com/

    and it is related to POTS mentioned above.. Please get checked out, most likely NOT dangerous but you need to know what triggers the episode.. sounds like classic vasovagal syncope though. Good luck to you.. you are a trooper and a delightful broadcaster!

  20. Cheryl L. Stoddard. says

    Hi Brooke,
    I stumbled upon the clip about you passing out and I felt compelled to reach out to you and your sister. I am a 48 yr old executive, former triathlete, cheerleader, swimmer, etc. I began passing out cold in my teens and they finally figured it out 8 years ago after several mis diagnosis. I would like to save you from thousands of dollars in un necessary medical tests. Your heart may show healthy on scans and MRIs, but it is most likely either Bradycardia or Tachycardia. A pacemaker saved my life and not all healthcare xperts agreed with the bold cardiologist that saved me.

    Mayo clinic diagnosed me with a neurological disorder, Doctors in St Louis diagnosed me with epilepsy. Many years of 911 calls and hundreds of thousands of dollars later, they were wrong.

    Many young people cannot acclaimate to altitude changes, cannot catch their breath when climbing stairs, get light headed during strenuous exercise. Your heat isn’t pumping blood/oxygen to the brain in certain situations or activities and you will pass out and in some cases have small seizures due to the lack of oxygen to your brain. The high school football player that dies on the field, the runner that is in tip top shape, you name it. For me, I would pass out due to extreme blood pressure drops while standing up from a seated position, climbing steps, or racing.

    I believe it is more commonly known now and they are starting to put pacemakers in very young kids that have theses symptoms. Get a heart rate monitor and document your blood pressure and heart rate in all types of activities. I bet you will find your answer!

    I hope this helps you and your sister. Since my pacemaker surgery 8 years ago, I have not passed out once and feel more energetic. I can breathe.

    Cheryl l. Stoddard

  21. Alan Stevens says

    Brooke, well done on being such a media professional. I’m so impressed I’ve given you the accolade of “MediaMaster of the week” (it covers both genders, of course) in my weekly ezine and web radio show. Good luck with your future media career.

  22. Vickie Vonn says

    You are indeed a trooper! While I’m not a doctor, it looked more like a cataplexy attack (sleep disorder – narcolepsy). Please get it checked out, don’t want to see you get hurt. Having narcolepsy myself, I’m familiar with symptoms.

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  24. Courtney says

    Hi I think you could possibly have POTS Syndrome, which is what I have , it happens when you stand still for too long or are in high altitudes , so I would actually bring this up to your doctor and have yourself tested for POTS

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  26. Tim says

    I teach cross country skiing and one day one of my students did the same thing. He was just standing there talking to me, and collapsed to the ground, and before I could even tell him not to get up he was jumping up and saying I’m ok. Dehydration? Not used to altitude?

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  28. Chris Huennekens says

    Great job, you handled that like a pro. My wife has been dealing with fainting spells periodically. It’s been chalked up to TIA (transient ischemic attack) but other than the fainting the ‘stroke-like symptoms’ have been absent. There is likely a genetic component in her case as her sister and a couple of aunts have the issue as well. Best of luck, look forward to seeing if your doctors have any better luck than hers did. She hasn’t had one in a while, so it has been on the back-burner for us. God bless you!

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  1. […] *Note* KUTV Reporter Brooke Graham is one of our hardest workers. She is doing fine following this instance and has given us permission to post the video on her behalf. She is seeking medical attention to look into what caused her to pass out. Anchors only heard her laugh and say she slipped and fell, they were completely unaware she fainted until after the live shot.Read more from Brooke on her blog here: http://twintestedblog.com/the-faintin… […]

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