As much as the Internet is littered with the bane of oversharing, 49-year-old Stacey Yepes‘ selfie video of experiencing a minor stroke could save her life.
Doctors hail the video and say it could prove instrumental in helping them treat her.
Yepes had been to the local emergency room earlier this year after the doctors dismissed the numbness in her face and her trouble in speaking. Her symptoms soon subsided and the tests for a stroke had come up negative. The doctors had concluded it was probably just stress.
Two days later while she was driving, Stacy felt numbness on the left side of her body again. This time, she pulled over and began recording the symptoms on her phone.
What resulted was a disturbing video of her visible distress and definite signs of a stroke.
"The sensation is happening again," Yepes says in the video. "It’s all tingling on left side."
She is seen trying to unsuccessfully smile and lift her hand.
"I don’t know why this is happening to me," she says.
Her actions may seem strange to some, but definitely helped doctors diagnose her condition as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke.
They were also able to establish after further tests that the strokes were caused by atherosclerosis — a buildup of plaque in her arteries.
Luckily Stacy got the necessary treatment and is expected to make a full recovery.
"In all my years treating stroke patients, we’ve never seen anyone tape themselves before," says Dr. Cheryl Jaigobin, stroke neurologist at the Toronto Western Hospital's Krembil Neuroscience Centre. "Her symptoms were compelling, and the fact she stopped and found a way to portray them in such a visual fashion, we were all touched by it."