Teen dies of stroke after love bite

August 30, 2016 by
Filed under: Spinewave Bulletin 

Love bite stroke hickeyA teenager has died after a love bite from his girlfriend caused a blood clot that quickly led to a stroke.

Julio Macias Gonzalez, a 17-year-old from Mexico City, raised alarm among his family when he began convulsing at the dinner table.

It is thought his girlfriend gave him a hickey earlier that evening which caused a blood clot that travelled to the teen’s brain. Paramedics were called to the scene but Julio could not be saved and died shortly after.

The young man’s family are blaming his 24-year-old girlfriend for his death but she has now disappeared.

It is not the first time a love bite has been believed to have triggered a reaction. In 2011 a 44-year-old woman in New Zealand lost movement in her left arm after having a stroke.

On noticing a faded love bite, doctors quickly realised damage to a major artery in her neck and linked it to her paralysis. The suction had caused a blood clot to form which then travelled to the woman’s heart, causing a stroke.

Dr Teddy Wu, who treated the woman at Auckland’s Middlemore Hospital, said: “To my knowledge, it’s the first time someone has been hospitalised by a hickey.”

Love bites or hickeys are caused by a person sucking on an area of another person’s skin, more commonly the neck. The suction causes blood vessels under the skin to burst which causes bruising that can last up to two weeks.

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