Diagnosis: Ian Turner
Wales News Service
A DJ whose worsening tinnitus drove him to consider suicide was cured after the cause was diagnosed via email by an American doctor.
Ian Turner said UK medics told him there was nothing wrong and then said surgery would be “too dangerous”.
In agony, he contacted New York doctor Maksim Shapiro, an expert he found through research on the internet, and sent him his brain scans.
Retired radio presenter Ian said: “He emailed back lots of arrows showing what was causing the whooshing.”
Ian, 56, took the email to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and told doctors: “This is how to cure me.”
He said: “Once they saw the arrows they knew how to fix it. It wasn’t as serious as doctors thought.”
Ian, of Llandudno, Conwy, has now made a full recovery.
He said: “I had four operations at Addenbrooke’s - three of them in three days.
“Addenbrooke’s were wonderful. I feel great.”
He added: “My life’s been transformed. I want to cross the Atlantic to look Dr Shapiro in the eye to thank him."