Med Student Saves Life of Elderly Man Acting as Pretend Patient
On Fox and Friends this morning, we heard an amazing story out of Virginia, where a medical student correctly diagnosed a pretend patient with a very real and life-threatening aneurysm.
Ryan Jones, a University of Virginia student, was examining the elderly man, who was supposed to be acting out the symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
The condition is actually quite common in older men who have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
Jones quickly noticed that Jim Malloy, a retiree, actually was showing some of the symptoms of AAA. He told Elisabeth Hasselbeck that he immediately felt a mass in Malloy's abdomen
"I remember just thinking 'why would they allow this man to serve as the actor for this case'"? he recalled, adding he was worried that there was some risk involved with pushing on the aneurysm.
Malloy said he never had any discomfort or symptoms from the aneurysm and had no idea it was there.
Jones talked to the attending physician after the exam, letting her know that he believed Malloy actually had an aneurysm.
Malloy was then advised to undergo an ultrasound, which he did, and eventually underwent life-saving surgery in August.
"It's wonderful. I was so pleased that he spoke up. He had the integrity to say something ... and it saved my life. I'm grateful," said Malloy.
Jones doesn't think he's any kind of hero though, saying in his opinion he was just doing what he had been trained to do.
Watch the emotional interview above.