Have you ever felt like you were about to faint? If so, odds are, you were met with this feeling at a very inopportune time. But maybe not as inconvenient as the near fainting spell that almost dropped San Diego resident Karmel Allison.
Karmel Allison – the science editor of A Sweet Life, a blog about diabetes – was in Washington D.C., standing behind President Barack Obama while he gave a speech about the Affordable Care Act when she became woozy. Oh, and it should be noted that Karmel is pregnant.
Obama was around the midway point of his speech saying, “That’s why we fought so hard to pass this law, to give people who don’t have health insurance the chance to get it for the first time, to lift from the American people the crushing burden of unaffordable healthcare, to free families from the pervasive fear that one illness….” And as he spoke these words in the Rose Garden of the White House, Allison began to sway and was having issues keeping her composure. Obama noticed Allison’s condition and interrupted his speech, held her steady and said, “I got you, you’re OK.” He then quipped, “This happens when I talk too long.”
The pregnant Allison was taken from the event and cared for by a White House physician. NBC News reports that, “The White House said Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was nine years old, and has stayed on the same insurance ever since out of fear she would not be able to find a plan that would cover her due to her pre-existing condition.” Hence why she was there to support the President and the health care act.
As for Allison, after the near-fainting spell, she is totally okay. “I’m ok world- just got a little lightheaded,” she tweeted. “Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)”
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