Tulane med student describes scary moments after she collapsed while studying abroad in Italy

Tulane med student describes scary moments after she collapsed while studying abroad in Italy

A Tulane University medical student is returning to the United States after falling ill in Italy.

Not long ago Madison Thornton traveled overseas to study in an abroad program. She told WDSU that she collapsed after her second day at school.

She said: “That’s the last thing I remember,” Thornton said. ” I’ve never passed out in my entire life, so it was really scary.”

She was sent to an Italian hospital, where doctors are unable to communicate with her because they don’t understand English.

“I’ve had to sign paperwork this week in Italian,” Thornton said. “I could have signed my life over to the Italian government. I don’t know. I just had to sign it.”

She said that the condition of Italian hospitals is very poor and she claimed that she has been bitten by bed bugs in the Tulane University Medical hospital bed. her tests show that her heart may have been damaged when she collapsed and she is not strong enough to take a traditional flight home. meanwhile, her family has been raising funds for her plane tickets.

Thanks to donations from hundreds of people, Thornton secured a flight and return home to Mississippi on Tuesday night.

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She said: “I have felt the prayers. I have felt the support,” Thornton said.

The 23-year-old plans to see a cardiologist as soon as she returns to the United States.

She plans to begin her second year of medical school in the fall of this year.

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