Selfie Video May Have Saved a Woman's Life
Stacey Yepes knew something wasn't right, and her footage helped prove it
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 9:14 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Just two days after a doctor told her she was merely stressed out, Stacey Yepes pulled over to film a selfie video because, for the third time in three days, the Canadian woman felt one side of her face go numb. The move may have saved the 49-year-old's life; doctors at another Toronto hospital used the footage to help diagnose a transient ischemic attack, or mini stroke, as a result of plaque that had built up in her arteries. A sizable 87% of all strokes are ischemic, the Washington Post notes. "The sensation is happening again," she told the camera in April, her words slurred. "It's all tingly on the left side. ... I don't know why this is happening to me."

While Yepes' selfie armed doctors with the information they needed to make the diagnosis, one doctor with the World Stroke Foundation tells CNN she was lucky, because when it comes to strokes, time is paramount: "Don't waste time on a video, just call 911." The American Stroke Association instructs people to look out for FAST—face drooping, arm weakness, speech slurring, and time (as in, don't waste it; dial 911). As for Yepes, she's on on cholesterol-lowering medication and blood thinners, and hasn't had any mini-strokes since. (Click to read why new guidelines say women need to be better than men about tracking their stroke risk.)

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Jun 22, 2014 7:31 AM CDT
In Canada call 911. In the USA, you might as well call the mortician.
Jun 20, 2014 10:39 AM CDT
What's the deal, they didn't BELIEVE her when she told them the symptoms before??!
Dwayn Jones
Jun 19, 2014 10:05 PM CDT
This isn't just happening in Canada. A 16 year old had to self diagnose herself in her science class because medical professionals just kept telling her it was a headache even when she started to lose her vision...she diagnosed herself with a brain tumor and was correct. A woman repeatedly went to medical professionals for abdominal pain. About 8 months later they finally scheduled her to have one of her ovaries removed, when they got in they woke her up and said they were taking her to another surgical room for an emergency C-section. She was pregnant! Another woman repeatedly complains of severe pain and the sensation of being perforated, two years and a dozen professionals later she went online and diagnosed herself with a hernia and kinked bowel...she was correct. If she had not done the research, she could have died or had to have a colostomy bag. Our medical field is ruining lives and killing people and not be held to a higher standard. It seems women are being ignored and passed off as hypochondriacs, maybe if they spent a little more time listening to patients there would be fewer lawsuits and better care. And if you are on Medicare or Medicaid they just push you out the door because only get about 30% reimbursement. They want you out the door so they can work on patients with Blue Cross and the like insurance because they make more money off those patients.