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Doctor texts the wrong number for medical advice, random girl responds with correct answer 

Everybody knows that Googling your symptoms when you feel unwell is a terrible idea. All you'll get is some sketchy responses from Yahoo answers, a terrifying prognosis from WebMD, and a fear that you've somehow developed lupus.

The correct way to deal with an illness is, of course, to consult someone with medical training - which is exactly what medical professional "Matt" tried to do when he was unsure of how to treat one of his patients' symptoms.

"Hey Dr. Park," Matt wrote in a text, "this is Matt from the [redacted] vascular lab". He goes on to explain that one of his outpatients has an "external iliac occlusion" (which is a blocked artery for those of us that don't speak doctor) and other symptoms, but he isn't sure how to treat her.

Unfortunately, Matt's message didn't reach Dr. Park, but instead somehow made its way to "Hannah". Evidently not the intended recipient of the message, Hannah still tried her best to help with the situation, and replied to Matt after doing exactly what you shouldn't do: Googling the symptoms.

Message from doctor Credit: Imgur

I have to say, I admire Hannah's response here. Not only did she take the time out of her day to investigate what might be wrong with Matt's patient, she also sent him some positive encouragement. If I had been in her situation, I probably would have sent back a confused selfie - if anything at all.

After it was posted to Imgur, some users were quick to point out that, as the radial artery is in the arm, putting a stent in it wouldn't be much help for a problem with the iliac artery - which is in the leg.

And yet, Matt's eventual response was actually very grateful.

Doctor text response Credit: Imgur

It seems that Hannah's advice was along the right lines after all, and Dr. Google could have saved a bunch of trained medics a lot of time. In fact, if it was possible to get a qualification in speed-Googling, I'm willing to bet that Hannah could rise to the ranks of doctor in no time.

She would also make an excellent contestant on "Hvad Fejler Det Dig" or "What's Wrong With You", a Norwegian television that pits three Googlers against three medical professionals in order to see who can diagnose a patient the fastest (yes, it's real).

Of course, Matt did the right thing by consulting his team, and I feel comforted knowing that he did. While Hannah's Google-Fu was certainly on point, it doesn't really match up to the expertise of people with years of medical training. Sure, she was slightly more precise than the diagnoses that WebMD normally spits out for me, but I'd certainly want a second opinion if my doctor started treating a leg problem by working on my arm.

Either way, let's just be thankful that Matt's text didn't find its way to somebody who just ignored it - or worse, somebody who gave bad advice. Hannah might not have been the perfect consultant, but I like to think she helped out here.