A Guy Acts Out the Symptoms of a Deadly Condition So Medical Students Can Diagnose Him . . . But It Turns Out He Has It for Real
Medical schools sometimes hire people to help train students by acting out the symptoms of different conditions, so the students can practice diagnosing them. (Kramer actually did it in an episode of "Seinfeld.")
Well, last March, a retiree in Virginia named Jim Malloy was acting out symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which can be fatal if it's not treated. And a med student named Ryan Jones managed to correctly diagnose it.
But the thing is, Ryan was fairly certain he'd found an ACTUAL aneurysm. So the doctor in charge told Jim he might want to see a cardiologist about it, which he did. And it turned out Ryan was RIGHT . . . Jim had the condition for REAL.
He ended up having surgery in August, and he's made a full recovery. Meanwhile, Ryan had no idea he'd saved his life until Jim's wife happened to run into him on campus and filled him in.
Ryan is now in his final year of med school, and said it just felt great to know he made a difference. (UVAHealth.com / CBS News / WDBJ7)