Friday, March 23, 2007

Australian soap saves man's life

Self-diagnosed man thanks doctors
Rodney Haverson with his wife Pamela
Mr Haverson's doctor ruled out a stroke or Bell's palsy

A man who diagnosed himself with a rare disease after watching a soap opera about doctors will make a donation to the hospital that treated him.

Rodney Haverson, 62, diagnosed Myasthenia Gravis, a neurological problem, after seeing an episode of Australian soap The Flying Doctors.

He was then treated by specialists at Southampton General Hospital's Wessex Neurological Centre in Hampshire.

Mr Haverson will thank the hospital with a donation of £12,000.

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