The importance of frequent medical tests, scans, etc., cannot be overemphasized, and this story proves it. A woman who many believed to be pregnant underwent a CT scan and found out the terrible cause of her protruding belly. What was it? Find out.
A popular saying goes, "it is health that is wealth and not gold or silver." In the world today, many people do not appreciate their health until they are not well.
Some people are lucky enough to recover from the illness, but some are not, while others are left with the lifetime effects of the disease.
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That is why people are often encouraged to go for regular checkups. These doctor's appointments often help identify underlying illnesses on time and prevent them from worsening or becoming life-threatening.
Sometimes, a reminder of how important health is can help motivate individuals to pay more attention to their health, and this story serves as one.
It will take a CT scan after many months to save Keely Favell from what would have progressed to a life and death situation. Unlike everyone's thoughts about being pregnant, images from the scan would reveal that something dangerous was responsible for Favell's continuously growing belly. Here are the details of the intriguing story.
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INSIDE FAVELL'S STRUGGLE WITH UNUSUAL WEIGHT GAIN AND GROWING BELLY
In 2014, Keely Favell, a native of Swansea, Wales, was only 24 years old when she began gaining weight, unusually. In addition to her weight gain, the woman also noticed a gradual increase in her tummy size as time went by.
However, Favell paid no attention to it because she did not feel like anything was wrong. According to the woman, she only thought she was just gaining weight. Favell told BBC News:
"It crept up slowly that I didn't know anything was wrong - I just thought I was putting on timber."
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A few years passed, and the Swansea native's stomach grew even more significant. At that point, Favell looked heavily pregnant, and the woman, as well as her partner of ten years, Jamie Gibbins, thought so too.
Sadly, home tests ruled out any chances of pregnancy, as they came out negative. So, Favell returned to her original thought of being overweight.
It was even more saddening, as the woman had to deal with questions from people about her "due date." Favell explained that it was embarrassing, and rather than reveal to them that she was just overweight, the woman played along with the lie.
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Eventually, her condition became a concern to her family and workmates in 2016, after Favell blacked out at work in her office admin job.
THE RESULTS OF FAVELL'S HOSPITAL VISITS BEFORE THE BIG REVELATION
They advised the woman to visit her GP, which she did, but the doctors initially dismissed it as stress. According to Favell, "It was a tough period in work, and when I passed out in the office, my GP first put it down to stress."
"My blood tests came back clear, and when I fainted again, this time, I was told it was probably a side effect of acne tablets I'd been prescribed - but that didn't make sense because I'd stopped taking them six months previously," she continued.
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Eventually, the GP assumed that Favell was pregnant, despite the latter's negative blood test results ruling out any chances of pregnancy.
So, in January 2017, the doctor referred the woman for her first ultrasound at her local hospital, which would lead to a shocking revelation.
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Speaking to BBC News, Favell recalled lying on the bed with her partner beside her while the radiologist moved the probe around her belly. Unfortunately, the radiologist's reaction to the image on the screen would reveal that something was wrong.
"I saw her eyes widen in horror, but the screen was just blank. The look on her face said it all - something was wrong, and when she said she had to get a consultant, I started to panic. Jamie did his best to reassure me, but I was paralyzed with fear," Favell noted.
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WHAT WAS INSIDE FAVELL'S BELLY?
Immediately, the woman was sent for an emergency CT scan, and the results showed a cyst surrounded by fluid in Favell's stomach. Then, the doctors referred Favell to an obstetrics consultant. At that point, Favell's condition had gotten so bad that doing things like breathing and walking was difficult. In her words:
"By this time, even walking was a struggle, and I had difficulty breathing. I was a terrible driver because I could barely fit behind the steering wheel of my car."
Finally, in February 2017, she underwent examination, and the consultant told Favell she had a large ovarian mass, which could only be removed by surgery. However, the doctor could not ascertain how big the growth was.
So, the following month, Favell went under the knife, and the surgeons successfully removed the mass. It weighed 26kg, the size of seven average-sized newborn babies or a seven-year-old child.
"They explained how big the cyst was and showed me pictures - I couldn't believe I'd been walking around for so long carrying this medical alien," Favell said.
Thankfully, the effects of the cyst and surgery did not stop Favell's chances of having children. The woman noted that getting rid of the growth gave her her life back, and she remained grateful to her surgeon.
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