COUNTY OF JOHNSTON, N.C. –
The last action of thanks was ruined by Greg Phillpotts and his family after the fluid of the nose fled to the food.
"I was preparing a meal and standing in the kitchen and just adding to the ingredients: I saved all the dinner," said Phillpotts.
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Phillpotts said he was fighting against what he thought were allergies during the last five years and they even diagnosed pneumonia and bronchitis.
"It could be anywhere. It could be on the plane, it could be talking to anyone and this just disappears from your face," he said.
Phillpotts said that it became normal for him to use tissue to fill the nose until February, when he was coughing all over the night.
"You are sitting here, you are a family man; you do not want to see the image when it's something someone could easily solve," he said.
Finally, he saw Dr. Alfred Iloreta at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and quickly found out that it was a brain-sprain fluid leak.
"It's the leakage of fluids that surrounds the brain to pillow it primarily to protect it from shock or trauma or something like that," said Iloreta. "Sometimes, when you have this brain fluid leak, you can evolve towards what we call an ascending infection. Thus, bacteria can scour the nose to the brain, resulting in meningitis."
Doctors performed a minimally invasive skull surgery on Phillpotts using a tissue flap taken from their body to correct leakage.
"Have you ever been so congested that you can not breathe?" Said Phillpotts. "Suddenly he can breathe again and what relief he was."
Iloreta said that she should consider whether she has a filling nose on one side of the nose with a salty taste combined with intense headaches.