Professor Jill Brown was teaching a women’s leadership course right after having foot surgery, brushing off the aches and pains and exhaustion she felt in the classroom as side effects of the surgery.
She couldn’t possibly have known how wrong she was.
Taking the professor’s course was Dr. Iris Jaffe.
She sat in the lecture hall, noticing something strange.
Dr. Jaffe spotted the shortness in the professor’s breath, the veins pulsating in her neck, and the swelling in her leg.
For a while, the doctor debated speaking up. But she knew she couldn’t just stand idly by.
“When you are a physician, even when you are not in the hospital, you carry that with you wherever you go,” she says.
“So you notice things outside because they are things you are trained to look for.”
So the doctor went and voiced her concerns to the professor.
“I’m not your doctor, and I don’t know anything about you, but I think you might have a blood clot in your lungs.”
Professor Brown, startled by Dr. Jaffe’s concern, went to the ER a few days later.
That’s where she discovered the frightening truth.
“When I got to the ER, multiple doctors told me that I am lucky, that I am lucky to be alive,” the professor says.
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