(CBC/CNN) — A Canadian woman recorded herself having a stroke after doctors didn’t believe her the first time she went in for help.
Ontario resident Stacey Yepes was at home watching TV one night when it happened.
“The whole left side of my body went numb and tingly,” she said. “This is a stroke. I can’t be having a stroke.”
So she went to her local hospital for help.
But doctors said it wasn’t a stroke. “They said it was stress-related and told me to manage my stress,” Yepes said.
When it happened again a few days later in her car, the 48-year old did something incredible.
Using her smartphone, she taped her own symptoms.
Her video was eventually shown to doctors at Toronto Western Hospital, and Yepes’ self-diagnosis was confirmed.
She’d had a mini-stroke — three of them in fact.
“Things that we usually associate with older age, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, is happening more and more often in younger people,” said hospital neurologist Dr. Cheryl Jaigobin, “so young patients can present with stroke.”
Yepes is now at home recovering. And that video she took? Her local hospital has asked for it, to have a look at it, and learn from it.