Woman films 'selfie' video whilst having a stroke
After being misdiagnosed with stress, Stacey Yepes took this video selfie which helped doctors correctly diagnose that she was having a mini-stroke
Published 21/06/2014 | 12:40
When Stacey Yepes felt the side of her face beginning to go numb, the first thing she did was a little unusual. In the long run it may well have saved her life.
The 49-year-old, from Toronto, Canada, used her smart phone to film herself as signs of what was later diagnosed as a mini-stroke began to show.
In the video, Ms Yepes face has dropped on one side, while her speech appears slurred. At one point she tries to smile but can only manage a grimace.
"It's all tingly on the left side," said Ms Yepes. "I don't know why this is happening to me."
Ms Yepes decided to film the incident after she had suffered a similar episode while at home watching television.
On the first occasion she took herself to A&E but by the time she got there she found the symptoms had subsided. The hospital ran tests but they came back normal and so she was diagnosed with stress and given some tips on how to better manage the symptoms.
However, Ms Yepes, a legal secretary, was not convinced. So when she felt the sensation begin while she was driving, she immediately pulled over and began filming.
She then took the video to another doctor and was immediately told she had suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or what's known as a "mini-stroke."
Further tests confirmed that she had a small blockage in one of the arteries supplying her brain.
Luckily for Ms Yepes, she caught it just in time, as it was likely the blockage would have led to a much worse outcome.