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Woman's shocking diagnosis after being pulled over by police

Officers stopped the erratic driver but immediately noticed something was not right.

A woman has praised police for ultimately saving her life after she was pulled over by officers who suspected her of driving while under the influence.

Two officers stopped Tamara Palmer after reports of a possibly intoxicated person behind the wheel of a car on a highway in the US state of South Carolina.

Police initiated the traffic stop after seeing Ms Palmer’s car hit the kerb on multiple occasions as she swerved erratically. However, after speaking with the driver, officers noted that she didn’t appear to be impaired by alcohol or drugs, but repeatedly complained of a brutal headache.

Tamara Palmer clutching her head with her hand after being stopped by police.
Tamara Palmer repeatedly complained of a headache after being stopped by police in December. Source: Mount Pleasant Police Department

“The officers determined that Ms Palmer was possibly having a medical episode and requested an ambulance,” the Mount Pleasant Police Department posted on Facebook on Wednesday. An accompanying photo shows Ms Palmer leaning against a red SUV while clutching her head.

More than two months after the December incident, Ms Palmer contacted the police department to reveal that after being admitted to hospital, doctors discovered a brain tumour. She was immediately rushed into an eight-hour surgery.

Ms Palmer, who is now “doing great”, also thanked the officers who stopped her for their quick-thinking. “Ms Palmer feels that these officers absolutely saved her life. Without their quick analysis of the situation, the outcome could have ended differently,” the department said.

A second photo shows Ms Palmer standing next to one of the officers who came to her rescue. The police department’s post has attracted more than 800 reactions and numerous comments applauding the “amazing” cops for their work.

Tamara Palmer with one of the officers she says saved her life.
Tamara Palmer has praised the officers for saving her life. Source: Mount Pleasant Police Department

“Great job recognising this and not making assumptions about why she was acting that way. Y’all were her angels in disguise that day!” one woman said. “Wonderful heroes! Thank you for your service and dedication!” another wrote.

One man said he had perviously suffered a similar incident and underwent a “successful brain surgery” as a result.

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