- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

After failing to receive a proper diagnosis from doctors, a Canadian woman took her life into her own hands by videotaping herself having a stroke.

Stacey Yepes, 49, went to a Toronto-area emergency room to report strokelike symptoms, but doctors just chalked it up to stress and gave her some tips to better manage it, she told CNN.

It wasn’t until her third stroke in three days that Miss Yepes decided to record her symptoms.

“The sensation is happening again,” she says in the video. “It’s all tingling on [my] left side.

“I don’t know why this is happening to me.”

The video helped doctors at Toronto Western Hospital correctly diagnose Miss Yepes with transient ischemic attacks, or “ministrokes,” due to plaque buildup in her arteries, CNN reported.

Still, Dr. Markku Kaste with the World Stroke Organization said he believes Miss Yepes was lucky.

“Don’t waste time on a video; just call 911,” he advised. “It’s the same thing for everyone. If you’re having a stroke, think you’re having a stroke or see someone having one, just call 911.”