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Woman films herself during stroke

Stacey Yepes, 49, filmed herself while she had a stroke. That video helped Toronto doctors diagnose her.CBC News Stacey Yepes, 49, filmed herself while she had a stroke. That video helped Toronto doctors diagnose her.

This selfie might have saved a life.

When a 49-year-old Ontario, Canada, woman started having stroke-like symptoms, she grabbed her smartphone and shot video of herself, which helped her doctors diagnose her.

But the caught-on-camera mini-stroke wasn’t Stacey Yepes first.

In April, she went to a hospital after an attack where she experienced numbness and slurred speech, she told Canada’s CBC.

But since the symptoms had subsided by the time she got to the hospital, Toronto doctors diagnosed her with stress and told her to work on breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.

Two days later, the sensation came back.

Determined to prove the attack wasn’t stress-related, Yepes recorded a minute-long video.

In the selfie, she described how her face felt numb, demonstrated how her speech was slurred and showed how she had trouble moving her hands.

“I think it was just to show somebody, because I knew it was not stress-related,” she told CBC. “And I thought if I could show somebody what was happening, they would have a better understanding.”

In the selfie video, Yepes showed how she had trouble moving her hand. UHNToronto via YouTube

In the selfie video, Yepes showed how she had trouble moving her hand.

Enlarge She also demonstrated her slurred speech and facial numbness. UHNToronto via YouTube

She also demonstrated her slurred speech and facial numbness.

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Yepes returned to the hospital with the “stroke selfie.” After viewing the video, doctors referred her to a stroke specialist.

“In all my years treating stroke patients, we’ve never seen anyone tape themselves before,” Dr. Cheryl Jaigobin, the stroke neurologist at the hospital, told CBC.

The video helped Jaigobin and the team diagnosed Yepes with a mini-stroke.

Yepes has been off work since the stroke and is undergoing rehabilitation, CTV News reported. She’s on cholesterol-lowering and blood-thinning drugs to prevent future attacks. Yepes, who hopes to return to work next month, and her doctors are happy with her progress.

The medical team is also thrilled to study the video as an example of stroke symptoms.

But they did have some advice for Yepes and other patients:

“They warned me should any symptoms happen again, dial 911 first — and then do the video,” she said.

ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH YEPES’ ‘STROKE SELFIE’ HERE AND WATCH MORE COVERAGE HERE.

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