“All of a sudden, I feel dizzy,” declared Jennifer Potiuk as she inched her car along the McDonald’s drive-through lane near her home in Colwood, just outside Victoria.
“Are you joking?” asked her nine-year-old daughter, Sasha, in the passenger seat. It was Feb. 2, 2016, and both were hungry after a long and stressful day. Jennifer had been consulting with patients about gastrointestinal screening, while Sasha had been at school and after care. An easy dinner of burger and fries was all they wanted.
Jennifer was not joking about the dizziness. And as the 43-year-old nurse turned to her daughter, it appeared half her face was melting.
“Are you OK? Are you OK?” Sasha asked, panic rising in her voice. Jennifer couldn’t answer.
A medical emergency
The car was already at the food window and with her right hand, Jennifer somehow managed to get the bag of food and pay for it. Still vaguely aware of her surroundings, she turned the car slowly into the restaurant’s parking lot.
Jennifer knew she was having a medical emergency. She reached her right hand into her purse and handed her cellphone to Sasha.
Jennifer (left) and Sasha at home.