Facebook diagnosis by surgeon saves friend

It might only be a Facebook promo article, but I still think it’s interesting and it reflects the current situation between doctors and their patients when they can interact online. An excerpt from a recent BBC article:

Peter Ball had suffered from stomach ache for a while and at first thought he had pulled a muscle

A surgeon potentially saved the life of an old schoolfriend by diagnosing his symptoms for appendicitis on Facebook.

Rahul Velineni, from the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, saw Peter Ball’s status update on his stomach pains and his trouble walking.

He sent the 30-year-old from Cheshire a message telling him he should see a doctor immediately.

By the time surgeons operated, Mr Ball’s appendix was already perforated, which could have been fatal.