Katie May, better known as @mskatiemay on Snapchat, has died at the age of 34 of a stroke, but medical professionals ask if it could have been prevented. May was in excellent shape, was the mother of a young daughter, and lived a seemingly healthy lifestyle. Most people in their thirties think a stroke could never happen to them, but it’s important to know the signs, and seek proper medical attention.
According to The Inquisitr, Katie May, Playboy and Sports Illustrated model, took a fall at a photo shoot and believed she had pinched a nerve in her neck. She sought help from a chiropractor, but the pain did not dissipate. Considering the working theory of May’s death, it is possible that chiropractic manipulations might have made the situation worse, as it is believed that it was not skeletal or muscular, but cardiovascular.
Self Magazine is reporting on the things that might have helped Katie May and others in her situation. Stroke is thought of as a silent killer, so reading the signs is critical. Like Katie May, young women are not immune from stroke, which are thought of as an older person’s disease. In younger women, one of the risks is the combination of birth control pills and smoking.
“The American Stroke Association wants you to know that strokes don’t only happen to ‘elderly overweight smokers who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol.’ In fact, 35 percent of strokes happen to people under 65, and a full 10 percent of strokes happen to people under the age of 45, like May.”
And in the case of Katie May, a nasty fall can be linked to stroke or other complications. Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries add to the stroke risk factors. It seems like the only medical condition May sought was from a chiropractor.
Hollywood Life had an exclusive interview with the sisters of Katie May about making difficult medical decisions for May. Jenny and Megan May were with their sister Katie May at the hospital when they made the decision to take her off of life support.
“She wasn’t feeling well on Monday (Feb. 1)” they explained. “She went to the ER, and it originally was a neck pain. From what we’ve learned since it was a massive stroke.”
By the time the sisters were able to get to Los Angeles to Katie May’s side, she was already comatose.
“On Tuesday, she became non-responsive. We got out to LA on Wednesday and discovered she was being kept alive by machines,” Megan and Jenny told Hollywood Life exclusively.
Before making the decision to remove Katie May from life support, they waited for the whole family to arrive.
“They (doctors) wanted to wait. Our family was extremely close. She was our baby, she was the youngest of 4, she was my baby doll,” the sisters told Hollywood Life.
Katie May had no chance of recovery, so the family made the incredibly difficult decision to let her go.
We love her dearly, so we were all around her when we took her off the life support on Thursday.”
Katie May’s brother Stephen May deeply regrets that his sister did not seek true medical attention before Monday, and instead sought chiropractic intervention for a perceived pinched nerve, according to People Magazine.
“To the best of my family’s knowledge, and we are fairly but not totally certain of this, Katie did not seek medical care prior to Monday evening; if she had, it seems reasonable to conclude, the subsequent days would have unfolded very differently,” her brother, Stephen May, says.
It is hopeful that the autopsy will reveal the chain of events that led to Katie May’s untimely death.
The cause of the injury leading to Katie’s stroke is unclear, though it would seem to relate directly or indirectly to the neck pain,” he says.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for May’s daughter Mia with the hope of raising $100k. At this posting, they have raised just over $16k.
Do you think it is possible that chiropractic manipulation made Katie May’s condition worse?
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