A young mother experiencing extreme frustrations was repetitively turned away by GPs as well as healthcare facility doctors— who all missed the reality she had experienced a stroke.
Kerri-Ann Wool was told she was struggling with migraines, stress migraines and also even postnatal anxiety after she experienced an abrupt extreme frustration, altered vision as well as lightheadedness.
One GP also suggested antidepressants and told her to ‘go and also obtain her nails done to cheer herself up’.
An MRI check ultimately exposed evidence of a stroke– an embolism– in her cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls balance, but an expert missed it.
Kerri-Ann Wool was told she was struggling with migraine headaches, stress headaches and also postnatal anxiety after she experienced an abrupt severe frustration, distorted vision as well as wooziness
It indicated Mrs Wool, 34, discovered she had had a stroke just when she requested her medical documents a year later on. The diagnosis was written in her MRI results.
It is currently far too late for her to obtain therapy for the stroke and also she remains to experience signs which prevent her from returning to function as a college cooking area assistant. She stated: ‘I felt like I was being fobbed off as a hysterical female. I could not get anyone to take me seriously.’
The mother-of-three from Portsmouth experienced vision distortion and also an extreme frustration at the base of her head on September 18, 2018. Later on that day, a GP recommended it could be a blood pressure problem and sent her residence.
As the signs became worse, she went to the technique over the following three days, seeing a different GP each time. On the final visit, she rupture right into splits as well as was informed by a male general practitioner she probably had postnatal depression. He offered her antidepressants and also encouraged her to obtain a manicure.
After being offered paracetamol as well as informed to go residence by medics at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, she was ultimately referred for an MRI scan at Southampton General Hospital on September 29.
Incredibly, although the scan report exposed she had suffered a stroke, an expert at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust overlooked the medical diagnosis.
Mrs Wool was ultimately identified with a hole in her heart, which might have caused the stroke. She went through surgical procedure in July 2021 to close it.
University Hospital Southampton and Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trusts stated they were incapable to comment.
Mrs Wool has actually obtained support from the charity Different Strokes, which sustains the one in 4 stroke clients that are under 65.
Austin Willett, the charity’s president, stated: ‘Kerri-Ann claims she was told repeatedly that she was “too young to have had a stroke”.
‘This is something we listen to too often from the area of young stroke survivors we collaborate with.
‘Stories like hers show us how much job we still need to do to challenge a lack of understanding as well as mistaken beliefs regarding strokes in more youthful individuals.
‘Strokes happen commonly to individuals of any ages but can be missed out on as a result of a false suggestion that strokes only take place to older individuals.’