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Traffic stop leads to lifesaving brain tumor surgery for S.C. woman

Mount Pleasant officers pulled Tamara Palmer over for suspicion of drunk driving after she hit the curb multiple times and failed to stay in the lane

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Mount Pleasant Police Department

By Bill Carey

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. — A South Carolina woman credits police officers for a traffic stop last year that ultimately ended up saving her life.

On December 2, Mount Pleasant officers were alerted to a possible drunk driver, Fox News reported. Mount Pleasant Senior Police Officer Schoonmaker caught up with the vehicle and started the traffic stop after observing it hitting the curb multiple times and failing to stay in its lane.

Schoonmaker made contact with the driver, Tamara Palmer, and determined she was not impaired by alcohol or drugs. “While speaking to her, the officers realized she continuously complained of a headache. The officers determined that Ms. Palmer was possibly having a medical episode and requested an ambulance,” the department stated in a Facebook post.

Palmer was then transported to a hospital for evaluation. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had to undergo an eight-hour surgery.

The police department stated that Palmer visited them in February as a follow-up and thank-you to the traffic stop. “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 wrote.

Palmer is now doing well and credits the officers who pulled her over with saving her life.