Call this an act of divine intervention--and medical pros who know how to trust their guts. Ten years ago, Michelle Bruno's mom took her 16-year-old daughter to the ER right after school. The Chicago teenager seemed to have a bad case of the flu, but it was making her very weak. Her neck hurt, she couldn't stand the light, and she had a weird rash on her legs.
Margie Barry-Sheerin, the nurse on duty at Advocate Christ Medical Center's ER that afternoon, got a sixth sense when she saw Bruno. She rushed the girl through to the doctors instead of waiting for Bruno's mom to finish the paperwork. And she pointed out the strange rash to the M.D. on duty, Dr. Ted Toerne.
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He immediately got an IV line into Bruno instead of waiting for a test. Good thing, too. The teenager had a rare, but deadly, case of meningococcemia, a bacterial infection that attacks the brain, spinal cord, and bloodstream. The people who survive the disease are often left disabled. Somehow the doctor recognized it, even though he'd never seen the disease before.
Luckily for Bruno, the quick-thinking action paid off. But it also led to a life-changing decision on her part. After she graduated from high school, she went on to study nursing. And this week she started working at Advocate Christ Medical Center, a few floors down from the Sheerin and Toerne. Their tearful reunion--and inspirational story--made the local Chicago news.
The message of the story, as Sheerin told the Chicago Tribune, is trust your gut. "If you think something's wrong, go with it. Her mom knew something was wrong and brought her to the ER. And I knew something was wrong and rushed her back instead of sending her to the waiting room. I feel there was a divine intervention."
via Reddit and ChicagoTribune.com
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