Tattoo Saves a Life

by on Jan.08, 2012, under News, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on January 8, 2012

I figured this story was bound to surface once it was brought to light that people were getting medical tattoos to replace bracelets and other methods of stating a medical condition.

It makes sense that something as permanent as ink is safer than wearing a bracelet or necklace.  There’s always the chance that you’ll forget to wear it.  Maybe you haven’t had an attack or medical episode in years – so you get lax and just don’t wear it all the time……Then there’s the possibility that you’re in an accident and the jewelry is ripped off.

Asthma Tattoo

Asthma Tattoo

So, this woman, Michelle Bryant, had a severe asthma attack while shopping.  She was hit suddenly with a severe attack and couldn’t speak. But! by pointing to her wrist tattoo, she alerted the staff to what was going on.  By the time the ambulance got there she had almost stopped breathing entirely!  She says “Without my tattoo, I do not think I would be alive today. I could not tell anyone what was happening, but the tattoo showed the staff what the problem was, I didn’t have to say a word.”.

It was such a serious attack that she spent 4 days in ICU.

By letting them know what the problem was immediately, the store employees took action immediately and the paramedics knew exactly what was going on.

Michelle has the idea after she lost her medical alert bracelet.

It’s one of the rare incident when a tattoo actually serves a purpose – and what an important one!

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chris January 10, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Just reading the above post and it is amazing and make total sense. My husband Matthew has been tattooing for the past 20 years and just opened his own shop in Portland Oregon, The Little Tattoo shop. I am going to share this with him because now I am curios to know if he has done any tattoo’s of this nature…:)

tattoo Charlotte January 23, 2012 at 3:35 am

Great post. It just shows that tattoos can be a great help in times of crisis like this. You can get to have an immediate assistance without uttering any word. Thanks to this post people will be able to get more idea that would surely save their lives during emergency.

lex92 May 4, 2012 at 7:50 pm

This is amazing! who knew having a tattoo would save your life like that. I’m sure she must have thought through and recieved the tattoo for a good reason and it proved important!

Helen Giles October 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I found out last year that I am diabetic because I do not weat jewelery and I all ready have two tattoos I am going tomorrow to have the diabetic ribbons and a butterfly tatttoo on my inner wrist and will also have asthmatic written on there, didn’t think about it till just recently and don’t know anyone else who has done this but think that it is a brilliant idea!

Tattoosue October 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I agree with you. It’s more foolproof and safer. I think you’ll see more people with these tattoos in the future.

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