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Madison Anchor Suffers Seizure During Newscast

Wisconsin State Journal

Sarah Carlson Viewers of WMTV-TV (Ch. 15) were shocked to see anchor Sarah Carlson have a seizure during the morning newscast Wednesday, when she fell into another anchor’s arms before being rushed to the hospital.

“As many of you know, I’ve been very open about the fact that I have epilepsy,” she said in a statement. “Today, I had a seizure that was more intense than usual, and was taken to the hospital. I’ve seen my doctor and he says I appear to be doing well.”

Carlson’s seizure occurred in the middle of the morning show, shortly before 7 a.m. NBC 15 News Director Chris Gegg said co-anchor Christine Bellport was on-screen reading a news story during the incident, but Carlson was sitting off-screen on her right. Viewers reported hearing a noise off-screen then watching as Carlson slumped into Bellport’s arms. The station quickly went to a commercial break.

On Wednesday night, Carlson said she’d been diagnosed with epilepsy about a year ago but previously experienced relatively minor episodes until the grand mal seizure she had during the newscast. More…

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