Often, young people struggle to convince healthcare professionals that something is wrong. Many horrifying stories have come to light in which diagnoses were delayed for several months because young women were not taken seriously.
Continue reading to learn more about what happened in this dreadful case…
Chandler Plante, 23 years old, has been grappling with a multitude of health issues since 2021. But it wasn’t always this way for her. Before all her health problems began in 2021, Chandler Plante described herself as a «normal 21-year-old girl.»
She contracted COVID-19 in December 2020 but recovered in a week because her case was mild. It was three months after her recovery that she started experiencing numbness in her hands and forearms.
She went to the emergency room, but was told that her symptoms were likely related to «anxiety.» She remembers, «I was told to leave, so I left.»
On June 28th, a brain scan revealed that the symptoms I had mistaken for panic attacks were actually significant ischemic strokes. The inflammation in my head was so severe that it was cutting off oxygen to my arteries — while they are supposed to measure 4 mm, mine were narrowed down to only 0.5 mm.»
An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. The following month, she underwent a procedure to have coronary stents placed in her brain arteries to prevent further strokes.
In October 2021, she had a second set of stents placed. She underwent surgery and steroid treatment and was prescribed aspirin.