The Hickey that Paralyzed a Woman

When people say, after sex, "I can't move," they usually mean it as a compliment. But you should make sure! Because they might mean it literally. Like the woman in New Zealand who was partially paralyzed by a hickey.

Yes, a hickey. A hickey! As if you needed another reason to not give or receive hickeys besides "no longer in middle school." Teddy Wu, a doctor at Christchurch Hospital in Christchurch, New Zealand, wrote up the unique case for the New Zealand Journal of Medicine. Apparently, a 44-year-old woman showed up at the hospital unable to move her arm—and her only injury was a hickey over an artery in her neck.

"Because it was a lovebite there would be a lot of suction.

"Because of the physical trauma it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel," said Wu.

"There was a clot in the artery underneath where the hickey was."

The clot had gone into the woman's heart and caused a minor stroke that led to the loss of movement, he said.

Luckily for her, an anticoagulant drug was able to eliminate the clot in a week. The medical advice here, obviously, is never make out with anyone, ever, because God hates it and will paralyze you. And also, stop giving hickeys, because, seriously.

[Stuff.co.nz; image via Shutterstock]