A British college student forgot to remove a tampon for nine days and nearly died as a result, according to her physician.
Now. the 20-year-old wants to educate others on the importance of being in tune with your body even when under stress.
“I was going through an extremely stressful time, trying to complete deadlines for essays and everything on top of me, I started complaining of fatigue, high temperature and constant headaches, which I believed were stress-related. However, down below I noticed abnormal discharge appear straight after my regular period.”
Despite consulting a physician she was not given a gynecological exam, but her mother told her to examine herself and check to see if she may have forgotten to remove a tampon.
“I went ahead and showered and to my shock, she was right. I found a nasty, smelly, foul tampon that had gotten so far up I couldn’t feel a thing,”
Once she removed the tampon, (which was completely black) she felt confused and had an intense headache. She was taken to the hospital as her blood pressure dropped severely. The doctors in the emergency room diagnosed her with sepsis.
“The doctors and nurses rushed to my bedside. I was sent straight to X-ray to determine whether the infection had spread to my vital organs. Luckily it hadn’t,” she told Kent Online. “I had an internal examination, which I hadn’t received before, and they found
The student is thankful to her mother who was smart enough to advise her and recognize that her symptoms were abnormal. But she is still recovering and is very weak, requiring crutches to walk. She is having a difficult time with everyday tasks and according to one of the ER doctors, if she had of waited one more day she'd have died.
“Girls my age are not aware of the dangers of using tampons,” Parkhurst told Kent Online. “It is so important to keep an eye on your health, especially during stressful life experiences. I hope my story can help others like myself to take care of their health and not take their life for