A woman who lives alone in New York City is crediting FaceTime chat with saving her life.
Opokua Kwapong, who lives in the city, was chatting with her sister, who lives in England.
Then the sister, Adumea Sapong, noticed her sister “didn’t look right.”
Things really seemed bad when Sapong realized her sister’s voice had become slurred.
The chat happened just after Kwapong woke up from a nap.
“My sister looked at me and said she could see that my face didn’t look right. She also said that I was slurring my words, but I thought she was just fussing and I didn’t believe her,” Kwapong told BBC.
“I noticed on the FaceTime video call that her face was drooping. I told her she needed to hang up and immediately see a doctor,” Kwapong said. “She thought I was making a fuss so I then conferenced in one of my other sisters, who is a doctor, and she could hear her speaking and could also tell that her speech was slurred. We both told her to call for help straight away.”
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Kwapong was rushed to the hospital after she called 911.
Hospital scans revealed she had a clot on her brain.
“There is no doubt that FaceTime saved my life,” she said.
According to the American Stroke Association, signs of a stroke include face drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty.
It listed the following three warnings:
“Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?”
“Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?”
“Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like ‘The sky is blue.’ Is the person able to correctly repeat the words?”
If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, people are urged to call 911.
From The Epoch Times