In Britain, a 19-year-old woman fractured her knee bone while sitting on the toilet. The diagnosis that followed sent chills down my spine.
The story is hardly believable. In Britain, a 26-year-old woman fractured her knee bone while sitting on the toilet. It all started on February 26, 2017. On her way home from college, 19-year-old Bethany Eason felt severe pain in her left knee as she walked up the steps of her home. Not having the strength to go to her room, she decided to rest for a moment on the toilet bowl. But as he sat down, his knee gave out. “My knee was shattered, says the young woman, now 26, in the columns of the DailyMirror. I felt an immense pain and it made like a pop, it was very traumatic.”
After calling for help, the student was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital and then transferred to Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry, on the England-Wales border. On site, a biopsy revealed the unthinkable. Bethany’s broken knee was due to a giant cell tumor of the bone, a fairly rare benign lesion that weakened her entire knee joint. To remove the tumor, Bethany had to have her knee and thigh bones replaced. The doctors then told her that she would never fully regain her mobility.
“We don’t think that simple knee pain could be due to such a thing”
“It broke my heart. I was dancing, I was running, I was swimming, and I thought to myself that I was never going to be able to do any of this again, she confides. I was told that with this operation, 99% of patients do not regain their full mobility. I said, ‘Well, I’ll be the 1% to prove you wrong’.” And she did. Six years later, Bethany Eason has regained full mobility in her left leg. Today mom, she shares her story to encourage the population to consult in case of pain. “It is very important to talk about rare tumors, we do not think that simple pain in the knee can be due to such a thing“, she confides.
According to The Bone Cancer Research Trust, giant cell tumors of bone affect approximately 1 in 1,000,000 people each year.