A Dallas-area teenager underwent life-saving surgery after developing a huge abscess in her throat.
Hannah Martindale, 18, was taken to the ER in Flower Mound, Texas, after waking up one day with pain in her neck, KDAF reported.
"I just woke up one morning, and I remember having like the worst sore throat of my life," Hannah told KDAF. "So we got to the emergency room, and turns out I had an abscess in my throat."
The doctors told Martindale the abscess was the size of a man’s fist. They drained it surgically and discharged her from the hospital four days later.
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But the medical problems did not end there.
"Within 24 hours of being home, her chest was hurting," Martindale’s mom, Beth, told KDAF. "She could not sit up, she couldn't lie down.”
"It felt like someone was sitting on it," Martindale recalled.
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Martindale returned the ER, where a CT scan was performed.
"That was probably the worst pain I've ever felt in my life," she said.
The CT scan revealed that the infection had moved to her chest and fluid was pressing on her lungs and heart. She was rushed to Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas.
Dr. Mark Pool recalled Hannah’s situation: “It doesn't take long before the patient won't be able to make it through.”
"I'll never forget the nurse telling me that I needed to call family," Beth said. "That's when reality really hit, how serious it was."
Pool made cuts in Martindale’s side and neck to drain and clean out the fluid, saving her life in the process.
"I couldn't ask for a better team of doctors and nurses," Martindale said. "My whole recovery process was perfect."
Martindale said the experience inspired her to pursue a career in nursing.