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5-Year-Old Notices Mom Collapsing So She FaceTimes Her Dad, And People Are Saying The Family Would Be Broke If It Were The US
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5-Year-Old Notices Mom Collapsing So She FaceTimes Her Dad, And People Are Saying The Family Would Be Broke If It Were The US

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When we hear the words ‘iPad’ and ‘child’ in the same sentence, we assume it’s going to be another tale of how too much screen time is harmful to the development of kids. However, not this time. This time, both were instrumental in saving a life.

When 5-year-old Priya Galvin’s mom Mary collapsed at home from a catastrophic stroke, the girl did the only thing she could think of. She grabbed the family iPad and FaceTimed her dad, telling him that her mom wasn’t feeling well. Mary was rushed to Cork University Hospital, Ireland, where the staff there saved her life by performing a thrombectomy. Now, the entire family’s back at home and Mary is well.

When CUH’s Consultant geriatrician and the clinical lead for stroke services Liam Healy shared this story on Twitter, people praised the hospital staff and 5-year-old Priya. Meanwhile, others expressed their relief that the situation occurred in Ireland and not, for example, the United States; otherwise, the family would have hardly been able to cover their medical expenses.

More info: Twitter (Liam Healy) | cuh.hse.ie (Cork University Hospital)

Dr. Liam Healy shared the story of how 5-year-old Priya helped save her mother’s life when she had a stroke

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According to Dr. Healy, CUH has “the busiest inpatient stroke service in Ireland.” He also mentioned that this was just one of two hospitals in the entire country that offers procedures like thrombectomies. In case you were wondering, a thrombectomy involves a specialist team removing the clot.

“We work closely with different services within the hospital to figure out why someone has had a stroke, how we can minimize the damage caused by the stroke, and how we can initiate a patient’s rehabilitation,” he said.

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There are several main signs that you might be having a stroke. Including sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg. Especially on one side of the body. Another sign is sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech. As is sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. You might also be having a stroke if you have trouble walking, feel dizzy, suddenly lose your balance and lack coordination. The final sign of having a stroke is a severe headache with no known cause.

According to one study that looked at over 97,000 hospitalizations in the US, the cost of hospitalization for stroke patients depends on the type of stroke. The researchers found that, on average, ischemic strokes cost patients 62,637 dollars, hemorrhagic strokes cost 16,331 dollars, while other types of stroke cost 48,208.

People praised Priya and the doctors for their quick responses

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Some people drew attention to the fact how difficult things would have been for the family if they were living in the US, instead of Ireland

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Shawn
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Priya is the real hero of this story followed by the medical team.

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El Dee
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I noticed one of the comments included was about "socialist Europe" Europe ISN'T socialist, Ireland certainly not. There ARE some aspects of medical care you have to pay for to in Ireland. Where I am (Scotland) everything is free (at the point of use - you pay insurance to the government) no hospital bill, no prescription charges, free dental checks and eye exams. If you're elderly or poor dental work and glasses are free too. This ISN'T socialism, it's just taking care of your own. Why would you choose a system where an illness could bankrupt you? Yet people are being fooled into doing just that..

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Kevin Hickey
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Socialism and Communism are not the same thing and neither are the same as Totalitarianism.

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Shawn
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Priya is the real hero of this story followed by the medical team.

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El Dee
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I noticed one of the comments included was about "socialist Europe" Europe ISN'T socialist, Ireland certainly not. There ARE some aspects of medical care you have to pay for to in Ireland. Where I am (Scotland) everything is free (at the point of use - you pay insurance to the government) no hospital bill, no prescription charges, free dental checks and eye exams. If you're elderly or poor dental work and glasses are free too. This ISN'T socialism, it's just taking care of your own. Why would you choose a system where an illness could bankrupt you? Yet people are being fooled into doing just that..

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Kevin Hickey
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Socialism and Communism are not the same thing and neither are the same as Totalitarianism.

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