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Doctor saves reality TV contestant's life by spotting thyroid cancer tumour

08 June 2018

His attention to detail may have just saved her life by tracking her down hundreds of miles away via Facebook, reports New York Post. "And as a head and neck surgeon, I'm trained to sort of notice these things". Little did he know that he will end up searching for a woman to save her life.

Ms McGuiness, who is already a brain cancer survivor, is now undergoing treatment.

Signs of the disease include swelling, changes to one's voice and lumps like the one that Dr Voigt noticed on Nicole's throat.

But he had no idea who the woman was.

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"I am watching a TV show and notice this woman has a left thyroid mass", he wrote. She needs a sonogram and fine needle biopsy.

She met Voigt on Tuesday in Manhattan when filming a segment for "Good Morning America".

In his line of work, he has seen thousands of patients with the same issue, and when he saw Nicole's lump was asymmetrical and moving under her skin as she spoke, the doctor got anxious.

Because the show never gave her last name, Dr. Voigt was unsure how to contact McGuinness, and enlisted his Facebook friends to help the post go viral and somehow reach her. "It stood out - and I went from being relaxed to [thinking], gosh, she may have a medical problem", said Voigt.

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"It's just a miracle, in my opinion, that he happened to see this on television", McGuinness told ABC News.

Remarkably, Dr Voigt is not the first to diagnose someone he saw on TV.

"I noticed that she had a lump in her neck", Voigt recalls to ABC News. "So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much". Five years ago, a nurse watching Flip or Flop got in touch with producers to relay a message to host Tarek El Moussa to get a lump on his throat examined.

Nicole credits her optimism for her survival through her glioblastoma battle, and says she will do the same this time around, staying positive and fighting.

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Doctor saves reality TV contestant's life by spotting thyroid cancer tumour