A popular HGTV star got the surprise of a lifetime when a vigilant viewer contacted the network to alert them to something concerning she noticed while watching his show.
Ryan Read is a registered nurse and a fan of the show “Flip or Flop.” While watching a marathon of the show, her professional skills kicked in when she noticed that host Tarek El Moussa had a lump on his neck.
She immediately emailed the show’s producers telling them Tarek needed to be examined by a doctor. The host was blindsided by the vigilant viewer, but she may have saved his life. That email prompted him to get a biopsy of the lump he had previously been told was benign. This led to him receiving a diagnosis of thyroid cancer.
El Moussa ended up having his thyroid removed, but thanks to Read’s email, he sought medical advice before the cancer spread to other parts of his body.
Tarek and Ryan recently met. He and his wife spent the day with the woman who may have saved his life.
‘It was just such an amazing experience to meet this person because she stepped up and did what others probably wouldn’t have done,’ he said.
‘I probably would’ve never known that I had cancer,’ Moussa continued.
‘And by the time that I would’ve found out, it probably would’ve been in a much further stage.’
Moussa described the last three years as a ‘pretty big challenge’ but told People that he feels good.
‘I feel good, but I don’t have the energy I used to have,’ he said. ‘The only thing is most days or like half the time I feel a little jetlagged. I’m really tired.’
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H/T: Daily Mail