Mom Diagnosed With Food Poisoning Learns Her Brain Was Actually Bleeding

By Venus Upadhayaya, Epoch Times
June 12, 2019 Updated: June 12, 2019

A mother who was diagnosed with food poisoning while on holiday in Majorca, Spain, and had to cut short her holiday and fly home came to know later that she was actually suffering from a brain bleed.

Caroline Johnson, 42 experienced painful headaches and vomiting during her holiday at Majorca had internally bled for seven days without knowing what was wrong with her, reported Fox News.

“I nipped inside to change for the beach when I felt a smack on the back of my head–or something like it anyway–which is common for brain stuff,” Johnson, told South West News Service (SWNS).

She thought she was suffering from sunstroke, but a doctor told her she had food poisoning, Fox News quoted SWNS. “I thought I was dying,” she said.

Johnson’s ordeal continued after she returned home to Sheffield in the United Kingdom when she developed double vision. The situation worsened at a friend’s home and the mother of two collapsed.

She was transported to Northern General Hospital and a CT scan showed she had suffered from a brain bleed called a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).

A subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding in the space between your brain and the surrounding membrane called the subarachnoid space, according to Mayo Clinic.

“The primary symptom is a sudden, severe headache. The headache is sometimes associated with nausea, vomiting, and a brief loss of consciousness,” explains Mayo Clinic.

Johnson had to be transferred to Royal Hallamshire Hospital where doctors told her she had internally bled for seven days. She underwent a two-hour repair procedure and was only allowed to return home ten days later.

“It was unbelievable that I’d survived a hemorrhage for seven days,” she told SWNS. “The doctors said that shouldn’t have been the case.”

Johnson, whose sons are 9 and 6, is thankful for being alive “I’m glad I persevered–for my sake, but also for Jay and Kye,” she told SWNS.

Another Misdiagnosis

In another case, a woman whose cough was thrice dismissed for allergies said it turned out to be cancer.

A 27-year-old Las Vegas woman’s cough was dismissed by doctors as allergies three times, but on her fourth visit, the doctor diagnosed it as cancer.

Meagan Bechtold, a co-manager at Ulta Beauty, had a dry cough for about two months in 2018 and visited the doctor three times, but each time she was told it was a bad cold, allergies, or bronchitis.

She visited the doctor for a fourth time on July 13, 2018, just before she was about to go for a holiday to Mexico with her husband Chris, reported Media Drum World.

Meagan and Chris (Pic courtesy GoFundMe campaign by Tamara D Ferrigno)

“They took X-rays and realized something was very wrong and sent her to the hospital immediately. After many tests, fevers, night sweats … they were told she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (a rare form of cancer),” said her GoFundMe campaign.

Meagan and Chris canceled their holiday and went to go to the hospital right away. Her lungs were found to be filled with liquid and there was a 13-centimeter lung mass located in her diaphragm.

She was immediately started on a round of chemotherapy and couldn’t leave the hospital for 11 days. She lost 10 pounds, and suffered from constant nausea and mouth sores.

After her first round of chemotherapy, Meagan slept continuously for three days, according to Media Drum World.

During her second round of chemotherapy, Meagan’s white cell count was found to be extremely low.

“She had to get some boosters first to help increase her white cell count,” according to update on her GoFundMe campaign.

Meagan and Chris (Pic courtesy GoFundMe campaign by Tamara D Ferrigno)

When her hair started to fall during the second round of chemotherapy, Meagan decided to shave it all off.

But she felt inspired by the stories of cancer survivors and felt motivated after seeing their “last chemo” or “officially cancer free” posts. She told Media Drum World, “I wanted that for myself.”

“My husband and my family tell me every single day how proud they are of me and how strong I am. They pushed me when I felt like giving up. The most important thing during all of this was to never lose sight of the goal, and no matter how bad and ugly things got, I had to remember to pick myself up,” she said.

Meagan shared on her blog in May that a recent PET scan had come back clean. She said that although she knew she still had a long road ahead of her, “If I can kick cancer right in the ass I can do anything.”

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