Sunday 18 February 2018

'If that man is listening, he’s in my prayers' - Woman hails 'hero' who spotted cancerous mark on her face

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

A woman has expressed her gratitude to the stranger who pointed to a spot on her face, which turned out to be skin cancer, since having it removed.

Mary Fay was waiting for a bus in Busáras in February when a man offered to let her know when the bus arrived so that she could wait inside and stay warm. When he told her the bus was coming, he pointed to a spot on her face.

“He pointed right into my face and said ‘And what are you going to do about that spot?’” Ms Fay told Liveline today.

When asked if she was tempted to tell the man to mind his own business, Ms Fay said that friends had asked her about it as well and it made her think it was time to get it checked out.

She went to the GP that month, was referred to a dermatologist and called back for a biopsy some weeks later; she was shocked at the results.

“I went to my GP, who referred me to a dermatologist in Sligo. I was called for a biopsy three or four weeks later and on the 24th of May I had a cancerous growth removed from my face,” Ms Fay told Liveline.

“Whoever that gentleman was, had I not gone to the doctor, God knows what would have happened,” she continued.

“I think the most important thing is if people have something on their face, don’t be shy about getting it sorted out.”

“If that man is listening, he’s in my prayers.”

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