Saturday 22 July 2017

Classroom diagnosis saves life

A student praised her teacher over potentially fatal blood clots
A student praised her teacher over potentially fatal blood clots

A student was saved by her biology lecturer's quick thinking and diagnosis of potentially fatal blood clots.

Billie-Jo Twigg had been suffering from pains and swelling in her leg and assumed it was a sprained muscle.

But when the 19-year-old mentioned it to Caroline Morgan, her teacher at Portsmouth College, she was advised to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Doctors then found the teenager was suffering from three blood clots which, if left untreated, could have killed her if they had shifted to her brain or heart.

Miss Twigg, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, said: "Caroline telling me to go to a doctor literally saved my life.

"I feel very lucky. I was off college because my leg was swollen and I couldn't walk.

"When I came back to college, Caroline asked me why and we got on the subject about my leg. She looked at it and she said she didn't want to alarm me but I should go to the doctor's straight away.

"I honestly just thought I had sprained a muscle. If Caroline had not said anything, I probably would have just left it and waited for it to get better by itself.

"They did an ultrasound and said I had three blood clots - it was a bit of a shock.

"What's quite scary is that I was due to go on a college trip to Iceland a couple of days later and so the blood clots could have got a lot worse or moved while I was on the plane."

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