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‘Talk of the Town’ host continues on road to recovery

As the longtime host of NewsChannel 5’s popular midday show, “Talk of the Town,” Meryll Rose has grown accustomed to being greeted by loyal viewers and fans.
“Sometimes it still catches me a little off-guard, but people are always so friendly,” the Brentwood resident says with a smile. “And it’s nice to be recognized and appreciated.”

“I just can’t believe the cards, the messages of love and encouragement – from people I don’t know. It has been so incredibly uplifting and certainly has aided in my recovery.”

MERYLL ROSE ELKINS
NewsChannel 5’s Talk of the Town host

Appreciation is one thing. But nothing could have prepared Rose for the outpouring of love and support she received when an aneurysm caused her to suffer a brain hemorrhage on May 16.

“I just can’t believe the cards, the messages of love and encouragement – from people I don’t even know,” says Rose. “It has been so incredibly uplifting and certainly has aided in my recovery.”

May 16 started out like any other work day. She had just finished up at the NewsChannel 5 studio, and was changing clothes for an offsite shoot with The Tennessean’s Ms. Cheap columnist, Mary Hance.

“There were no real symptoms, I just felt like my head exploded,” she recalls. “My vision blurred, and I thought maybe it was a migraine. I’d never had one before, but I had heard people talk about the intense pain.”

Determined to complete her afternoon assignment, Rose managed to collect herself and head to the car.

“There must have been an angel driving that car,” she says a bit sheepishly. “The pain was terrible, and I quickly realized that I should not be behind the wheel.”

Rose pulled over and called her camera man, Mike Radford, who took Rose directly to St. Thomas Hospital. There, doctors quickly determined that Rose had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, but had difficulty locating the aneurysm.

She spent the next eight days immobilized in the neuro-intensive care unit, undergoing countless tests. Finally, doctors located a small aneurysm on the optic nerve behind Rose’s left eye. A team led by Dr. Scott Standard performed the successful craniotomy, and eight days later, Rose was released from the hospital.

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