An actor who was hired by the University of Virginia to play a patient so he could be "diagnosed" by medical students turned out to actually have the deadly condition he was pretending to have.
The condition often goes undetected and can quickly become fatal if the aneurysm bursts.
Medical student Ryan Jones was examining Malloy when noticed that the actor actually seemed to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm — for real.
The physician in charge of the practice session recommended to Malloy that he see a cardiologist, and, sure enough, Jones' diagnosis proved correct.
Malloy underwent surgery and is now back to full health.
"I was surprised to learn what had happened," said Jones. "It feels great to know that I made a difference."
This is Jones last year of medical school. He is currently in the process of interviewing for a slot in a residency program with an eye toward ultimately becoming a radiation oncologist.