Google can turn just about anyone into a hypochondriac. The ongoing joke that WebMD will always tell you the worst possible news incites laughter among the medical community. However, one British teenager proved that it can a serious thing.
Bronte Doyne suffered from a rare liver cancer that only affects roughly 200 people per year. After undergoing initial treatments, doctors assured the girl that she would live. Doyne and her mother googled symptoms after she became fearful her cancer was returning. What they found coincided with their worst fears, but despite all of this doctors refused to take her seriously. Instead, they instructed her to stop googling her symptoms.
She pushed herself into the hospital determined to be seen for her ailments. Keith Mann also says that after finally taking her word, it was revealed that her cancer had returned. Unfortunately, by that time it was too late to do any form of treatment. Bronte Doyne was going to die.
In just 10 days of admitting their mistake, Doyne passed away in a tragic twist of fate. Doctors at Nottingham University Hospitals are now rethinking the way they handled her case. The family has decided to use their tragedy to reshape and change the way hospitals treat googled symptoms. This sad story might be inspiration to save more lives.