Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a scare Thursday while giving a speech on monetary policy and inflation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Near the end of her prepared remarks, Yellen appeared to be experiencing some physical discomfort. She paused several times to cough before saying she would stop.

“[I]f the economy surprises us, our judgments about appropriate monetary policy will change,” she said. “Let me stop there. Thank you.”

She gathered her notes, gave several smiles, and stuck around to be presented with a gift before she made her way offstage.

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