Affordable Care Act beneficiary Karmel Allison stood behind President Obama on Oct. 21 as he gave a speech addressing glitches in his healthcare program’s website. As Obama spoke, the pregnant woman suffered a dizzy spell and nearly toppled over, but luckily the president came to her rescue!
President Barack Obama gave a speech in Washington, D.C. about his healthcare reforms, but his guest of honor experienced a near-fainting spell during his speech! Pregnant Karmel Allison started to faint as Obama spoke — but he whipped around and steadied her, avoiding a scary incident! After saving Karmel from fainting to the ground, Obama joked of his lengthy speech, “that’s what happens when I talk too long.”
Obama Stops Speech To Help Faint Pregnant Diabetic Woman
As Obama spoke, Karmel began to lose consciousness and was unsteady on her footing, blinking rapidly through the dizziness. Sensing a disturbance, President Obama paused his speech to turn around and hold on to her so that she would not fall.
“I gotcha, you’re okay,” President Obama assured her, before a White House aide tended to the pregnant woman.
Karmel Allison Thanks President Obama
Karmel has suffered from Type 1 diabetes since she was 9 years old, and she was actually attending the speech as an example of the health care she was able to afford because of President Obama’s reforms. She explained that she had been on the same health care plan since she was a child because she struggled to find a health care program that could affordably cover her needs — until she took on President Obama’s new coverage plan.
After her near-fainting experience, Karmel tweeted to assure everyone that she was okay:
I’m ok world- just got a little lightheaded.Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)
— Karmel Allison (@karmel_a) October 21, 2013
She kept her good attitude and even managed to poke fun at herself — even though it was a potentially scary situation!
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