Young Woman's Face Goes Numb. ER Nurse Accuses Her Of Faking - So Brother Swoops In
Cailyn Finkel 4/19/2017
Sarah Porter was like every other 20-year-old college student. She spent her days studying, being a dedicated athlete, relaxing with friends and visiting her family. But that all changed during a seemingly normal day in class.
The bright student started to feel groggy and her face started twitching. Then the worst of the symptoms hit....
Without realizing it herself, a classmate pointed out that Sarah blacked out. When she tried to stand up after class, Sarah had a sudden pounding headache, the right side of her body was numb and her face was still experiencing spasms.
"As I tried to walk, my right leg just wasn't working."
She managed to hobble her way back to her dorm room where she immediately called her parents. Fortunately, Sarah's dad was a nurse practitioner and her mom was a physician's assistant - they knew exactly what to do in a time like this!
First, they asked Sarah to look in the mirror and describe what she saw. She told them that one side of her face was twitching - and without hesitation, they were on the phone with Sarah's brother who lived just a few blocks away.
Sarah's brother, Sam, was at her door in minutes and the two rushed over to the hospital. They entered the emergency room, and instead of being met by a concerned staff member, Sarah's symptoms were doubted by a nurse who assumed she was just trying to escape the pressure of final exams.
"A nurse looked at me and said, 'Oh, come on, stop faking! No one your age in good health has a stroke. You're just trying to avoid taking your finals.'
There was a disconnect between what was in my head and what was coming out in my speech. I was thinking, 'Help me! I need help!' but verbally I couldn't get that across."
Since Sarah was obviously struggling and couldn't voice it herself, Sam began shouting at medical personnel in the area and insisting that someone help his sister immediately.
Thankfully, a physician approached them, took one look at Sarah and whisked her away to get a CT scan. During the scan, the medical staff discovered an abnormal mass of cells in her brain tissue which, they concluded, caused the stroke she was suffering from.
When Sarah woke up nearly 24 hours later, the doctor gave her a choice for treatment. She could either have immediate brain surgery to remove the mass and risk serious complications or leave the hospital and hope the stroke was the first and last one of its kind.
Sarah chose to forgo the risky brain surgery and opted head back to school. Unfortunately, she suffered from a second stroke four years later when she was in graduate school.
Knowing this was something that could take her life if she wasn't careful, Sarah decided to undergo the surgery.
Now Sarah is healed, healthy and aware of the dangers a stroke can pose to a person. She spends her days informing others about stroke symptoms and encouraging people of all ages to seek help when they sense something is off with their body.
Listen to Sarah speak about her experience with strokes in the video below.
Sarah urges everyone to listen to their gut and trust their instincts. If a medical employee tries to turn you away, stay persistent and insist on being seen by a doctor. It's always better to be safe than sorry!