Stephanie woke up excited. It was her boy’s special occasion! She got up from her bed and decided to take a selfie to celebrate her son’s special day. But she would never have guessed that this selfie would saving her life.
She wasn’t showing up to her parents’ house and they were beginning to get worried. After waiting a few more minutes, they decided that it was best to check up on her. They got into their cars and made their way to her house. When they burst through the doors, they found a scene that would be etched into their memory forever.
Stephanie Farnan woke up with a huge smile on her face. It was the day she had been waiting for. It was her son, Oscar’s, first day at school and they were both excited for it. She had already packed his lunch and bag the night before, so they were all ready to go. All that was left to do was for her and Oscar to get themselves dressed and ready.
She quickly snapped a selfie to mark her boy’s special day, but she was unaware of what she had captured.
Stephanie was a single mom and by this point, she was used to preparing everything on her own. It was rewarding and she loved every second of being a mom, although, things could get tough sometimes.
When they got to the hospital, they showed the selfie to the doctor in change. He took one look and knew exactly what was going on. He yelled out demands and got everyone to work.
It was an ICU nurse, “You’re awake, my dear”, the sweet voice said. “Don’t touch that. It’s better that you let that heal. Do you know why you’re here? Do you remember what happened?”, she asked.
Suddenly, Stephanie looked around. Her heart began to pound as she realized where she was. “Thank goodness you took that photo”, she sighed. What happened?
The nurse told Stephanie that her family was here. She wanted to let them explain to her what happened. She left and briskly returned with her mom and brother in hand.
Stephanie began to cry at the sight of them. “Where’s Oscar?”, Stephanie asked. “He’s okay, he’s with your dad at home”, her mom replied. “What happened?”, Stephanie asked.
Her mom explained to her that they went to her house after she didn’t show up this morning. They found her lying in bed unconscious. Oscar was asleep next to her.
They reassured her that he was completely fine but that she wouldn’t wake up. That’s when her brother grabbed her phone and saw the disturbing selfie.
She posed for the picture with one eye completely shut and the other eye dropping half-open. Little did she know, she was suffering from having a stroke.
But she also had no idea that the photo saved her life. Because she had recorded the exact time she had the stroke via the photo on her phone, the doctors were able to determine what course of treatment to take.
The only thing that saved her was a blood clotting tablet which is usually very hard to medicate as if you prescribe it too late, it could do more harm than good.
Luckily for Stephanie, the team knew she was still eligible for it because of that blessed selfie. Thankfully, Stephanie has made a full recovery and continues to thank her lucky stars every day.