In news that is pretty much straight out a nightmare, a 23-year-old New Zealand woman has nearly died after her doctors misdiagnosed a 5kg ovarian cyst as a gluten allergy.
Keahnee Tioke first visited doctors in October 2016, where she explained she had been suffering from back pain, vomiting and rapid weight loss.
Tioke, who claims she looked “nine months pregnant” at the time, was told she was suffering from colieac disease and lupus, and was denied a referral to see a gynaecologist.
In January of this year, Tioke was rushed to the hospital, where it was revealed that her ‘gluten allergy’ was in fact a 5kg ovarian cyst which had exploded into her stomach, leaving her with just one ovary.
Although Tioke is lucky to have survived, there are fears that she may never be able to have children.
After the cyst exploded, Tioke had a laparoscopic operation to remove the 30cm mass from her ovary. She was given a 50 per cent chance of survival.
“A lot of people said it looked like I was nine months pregnant or was trying to hide a football, it was crazy,” Tioke told the New Zealand Herald.
“I was in pain – I was told it wasn’t serious, but I knew my body and knew something wasn’t right. Instead I was diagnosed with lupus and coeliac disease or a gluten allergy.”
As a result of her traumatic experience, Tioke is calling on women to listen to their bodies – and to make sure that they trust and have confidence in their doctors.
This article originally appeared on Marie Claire