President Obama had to help a woman who almost fainted during his healthcare speech on Monday, reassuring her that she would be "alright."
The woman, wearing a bright red dress, was identified as Karmel Allison, who is said to suffer from diabetes
Ms. Allison was standing right behind the president when she started to fall over. Obama came to her rescue while he was in the middle of explaining the glitches and the less than smooth roll out of Healtchare.Gov.
While the President was making remarks about the troubled site, Karmel Allison is seen taking deep breaths as she holds the hand of the woman standing next to her.
She looks pale and is obviously not feeling well as Obama speaks to the audience. Somehow, the President notices something is wrong and turns around just as Karmel Allison is falling back.
The man standing behind her steadies her, and almost at the same time, Obama turns around and puts his arm around her shoulders saying, "I gotcha...you're alright."
Obama healthcare speech TRANSCRIPT, VIDEO [FULL]: President catches pregnant Karmel Allison who faints during... http://t.co/98jYFirDofSomeone is seen coming from behind the people standing with the President for the speech and escorting Karmel Allison off the stage.
— MULTILIKE (@multilike10) October 21, 2013
The description of the woman's health problems provided by the White House plugs Obamcare, while mentioning Allison suffers from diabetes and is also pregnant.
"Karmel Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was nine years old. She has stayed on the same insurance ever since, despite constantly rising costs, for fear she would not be able to find a plan that would cover her due to her pre-existing condition. Allison recently began researching her options on CoveredCA and has publicly described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage."
After recovering from the episode the woman took to Twitter to thank the President publicly:
I'm ok world- just got a little lightheaded.Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)The woman was lucky Obama was ready to catch her as she almost fainted during the healthcare speech today. Everyone is glad she is doing alright.
— Karmel Allison (@karmel_a) October 21, 2013