A woman in Toronto may have saved her own life in early April by recording her own mini-stroke on video as it happened. The ‘stroke selfie,’ as it has been dubbed by some, helped doctors who had dismissed her symptoms previously properly diagnose her the next day, saving her from what might have been a much more serious attack.
Stacey Yepes, 49, recorded the life-saving video selfie a few days after doctors at a Toronto hospital assured her the symptoms she came in with were ‘stress related.’ They gave her some breathing exercises and sent her home, but before she was even out of the parking lot she had suffered her second of three transient ischemic attacks, or ‘mini strokes.’
When another one hit, Yepes did what many of us might do in her shoes: she pulled the car over and turned the camera on herself to record the event as it happened.
You can see the resulting video selfie at the top, and it was this video that she brought to doctors at Toronto Western Hospital who were then able to diagnose her properly and put her on the correct medication.
Maybe selfies are stupid and silly, and self-documentation the way most of popular culture does it is narcissistic to the extreme, but there are certainly benefits to having a camera on you at all times… and, occasionally, turning that camera on yourself.
Check out the video at the top to see the troubling footage for yourself.