The social network Facebook is used by tens of millions of people. In some cases, the help of online friends can be very helpful. An example of this was the recent case when one of the users helped to make an accurate diagnosis for a sick child.
Evan Owens, four, had frequent seizures, and doctors could not diagnose the disease. On some days, the boy had up to 17 seizures - he talked about the fact that during the seizure his eyes darken, a buzz is heard in his ears. In despair, the boy's mother recorded another seizure of her son on video and posted the video on Facebook asking to help diagnose her son's illness.
Fortunately for mom and boy, one of the netizens was able to make the correct diagnosis, suggesting that the child is suffering from a reflex anoxic seizure. It is usually caused by pain or fear, and darkening of the eyes and tinnitus are the result of inadequate supply of oxygen to the brain during a seizure.
After receiving the alleged diagnosis, the parents took Owen to Wells University Hospital, where doctors confirmed the diagnosis. This disease is very rare, so doctors have problems with its diagnosis. Doctors reassured the boy's parents - according to them, the seizures may end on their own when Owen gets a little older.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time that Facebook users have helped to make a correct diagnosis. Thanks to a large audience, among which there are many doctors with extensive experience, it becomes possible to correctly diagnose the disease even in very difficult cases. Not so long ago, for example, one of the network visitors helped the parents of a child whose photo she accidentally saw on one of the Facebook pages. According to the characteristic shape of the baby's head, the woman suggested that he had a rare disease - trigonocephaly.
The boy's parents did not even assume that he was sick, but nevertheless turned to doctors, they confirmed the diagnosis. Timely detection of the disease significantly increases the chances of recovery, so the help was extremely useful. Interestingly, many doctors had seen the boy before, but none of them noticed any signs of the disease.