WASHINGTON - A pregnant and diabetic San Diego woman who stood behind President Barack Obama at a news conference Monday nearly fell backward before she was caught by the president.
Karmel Allison looked as if she was about to faint while Obama talked about the progress and recent glitches of Healthcare.gov -- the website that enables people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
As Obama listed examples of how the exchange has helped people, Allison, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was 9 years old, took a deep breath and began closing her eyes.
She grabbed onto other people standing next to her. Obama stopped his speech to ask for assistance.
"You're okay, I got you, you're okay," the president could be heard telling Allison.
"See ... this is what happens when I talk too long," Obama said to the rest of the audience.
Allison, who works in computational biology at UC San Diego, was escorted away from the White House Rose Garden. She tweeted later that she was fine:
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
According to the White House Regional Communications Director, Allison may have needed water and food and that she was doing well.
10News learned that in her blog "A Sweet Life," which is about living with diabetes, Allison mentions that she is expecting. She stated, "Now being pregnant, hyperglycemia is my bogeyman."
With rising insurance costs, Allison recently signed up for Obamacare. On the blog, she praises CoveredCA, the state's insurance exchange under Obamacare, for not asking whether she had diabetes.