A woman standing directly in back of President Barack Obama stole the spotlight Monday as she almost fainted during his speech in the Rose Garden on affordable health care.
President Obama, who helped the woman as she grew faint, was speaking on widespread problems with sign-ups on the health care website since its launch on Oct. 1, the Huffington Post reports.
The White House released the following description of Allison ahead of the president’s speech:
“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 publically described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage.”
As Allison was escorted away from the area, President Obama jokingly told the crowd, “This happens when I talk too long.”
After the event, Allison thanked the president via Twitter for catching her and tweeted that she’s pregnant.
“I’m ok world- just got a little lightheaded. Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant,” she wrote.
Watch the incident below.
Sources: USA Today, Huffington Post