TV Reporter ‘Saved’ by Viewer Who Spotted Lump and Sent ‘Weird’ Message

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People with any kind of public profile are exposed to criticism daily. Whether its trolls, bots or weirdo stalkers – being in the public eye in any shape or form can be tough at the best of times. But, in the case of this remarkable story, it seems that a message calling out a television show reporter actually ended up drawing attention to a potentially deadly medical issue.

Network Ten reporter, Antoinette Lattouf, was going about her usual segment on Studio 10 last Friday when she was sent a “strange” message from a viewer. Now, let’s be honest, most people would think the message was some kind of spam or even a bully calling out her appearance. But, shockingly, the message she received ended up saving her life after something unusual was spotted on her throat.

Keep scrolling to see exactly what the message was and the shocking pictures that prompted it for yourself…

From bullying to trolls, many celebs receive cruel messages and comments online – it seems to come as part of the lifestyle, sadly.

Finally, it looks like the world of social media has actually been used for good.

Last Friday, she was going about her usual segment on Studio 10 when a viewer noticed something strange. The concerned viewer, later identified as Wendy McCoy from Werribee, Victoria, then contacted the show’s official Facebook page.

Lattouf is usually inundated with messages after the show, so it came as no surprise that a viewer had written in. So what made this message so special?

So, despite admitting she isn’t a doctor, she took it upon herself to make Lattouf aware.

McCoy said the lump “reminded her of a friend” who had something similar. Her message read: “Has Antoinette Lattouf had her thyroid checked? I am not being smart or trolling just concerned with what I saw on TV today.”

Nothing on her neck particularly draws attention.

You can quite clearly see a lump protruding out of her neck.

She initially brushed it off as another viewer pointing out something they didn’t like about her appearance.

“I was left shocked,” wrote Lattouf on 10Daily. “It looked like I had an Adam’s apple. Something was definitely protruding from my neck.”

So, she visited her doctor to be on the safe side.

Luckily, the cyst was benign but was located just above her voice box so she needed surgery. Tests also revealed she had an autoimmune disease too.

Due to being so close to her voice box, the cyst would likely have begun to interfere with her ability to breathe, speak, and swallow.

They can affect muscle strength, bone health, heart rate, and in extreme cases – can be fatal.

It’s crazy that she may not have even known unless this random stranger spoke up!

McCoy admitted that she wasn’t going to say anything as she didn’t want to “seem to be interfering” but went through with it anyway out of concern.

“So to Wendy, I say, thank you for caring enough to reach out to me, a complete stranger, and urging me to see a doctor.”
“Your random act of kindness probably saved my career.”

“Luckily my cyst is benign, but it lives on my thyroglossal duct (just above the voice box) and it’s likely to start to interfere with my ability to breathe, speak and swallow. This condition most commonly begins when you’re a child, and as the cyst grows and protrudes, it starts to put pressure on other vital structures in the neck,” she explained.

“It’s that good ole, ‘if you see something, say something’ message. It’s not about playing a pseudo-surgeon, or becoming the human face of Dr Google – all you need to do is encourage the person to seek medical advice. Worst case they’ll call you a rando, best case you’ll save someone’s life.”
“Worst case they’ll call you a rando, best case you’ll save someone’s life,” she said.

It seems that Lattouf isn’t the only journalist who made a shocking medical discovery on TV. Keep scrolling to learn more about a journalist who was diagnosed with cancer during a routine check-up live on air.