Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of the All Things D blog owned by Dow Jones, suffered a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) traveling to All Things D’s AsiaD event in Hong Kong earlier this week.
AsiaD is the organization’s first international conference, after holding them for eight years in the United States (Steve Jobs was a frequent guest). The event includes appearances by C-level executives and founders of companies ranging from Airbnb (the community marketplace for people looking for non-hotel travel accommodations) to Sony Corp., graphics and mobile chip creator Nvidia, HTC, Alibaba and many others.
A TIA – sometimes called a “mini-stroke” – is caused when blood flow is temporary disrupted to part of the brain. In Swisher’s case, she says she felt a migraine-like headache and lost the ability to speak temporarily. She blames the problem on “a not-uncommon but undetected-until-now heart condition” and 14 hours of intercontinental plane travel exacerbated by cramped seating conditions.
Swisher has posted some comments from her hospital room in Hong Kong, and she’s even posted a short video. Swisher’s sense of humor certainly hasn’t diminished; she warned Silicon Valley, “I’m still watching you very closely,” then donned a pair of aviator sunglasses and repeated, “VERY closely.”
We at The Loop wish Ms. Swisher a speedy and complete recovery.