ONTARIO, Canada – A Canadian woman recorded herself having a stroke after doctors didn’t believe her the first time she went in for help.
Stacey Yepes was at home, watching television when something strange happened.
“The whole left side of my body went numb and tingly. In my head, it’s like, ‘This is a stroke.’ And I’m like, ‘I can’t be having a stroke,” said Yepes.
She drove herself to a local hospital for help.
However, doctors said it wasn’t a stroke.
“They said it was stress related and told me to manage my stress,” said Yepes.
When it happened again in her car a few days later, the 48-year-old did something incredible.
Using her smartphone, she taped her own symptoms.
“I just needed somebody to see what was happening,” said Yepes.
“When I’m telling people this has happened and they’re saying this is stress. I know this is not stress,” she added.
Her video was eventually shown to doctors at Toronto Western Hospital and her self-diagnosis was confirmed.
In fact, doctors say she suffered three mini strokes.
“Things that we usually associate with older age, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol is happening more and more often in younger people, so young patients can present with stroke,” said Dr. Cheryl Jaigobin, a neurologist with Toronto Western Hospital.
Stacey is now at home recovery and her local hospital has asked for her video, so doctors can learn from it.