May 5, 2017
Aundrea admits that she’s an alcoholic and takes prescription pills. She says she’s been drinking for the last nine years and has been hospitalized numerous times because of her alcohol abuse.
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According to her family, one hospitalization occurred because she was drunk and fell and hit her head on the corner of a table. Another, she stole rubbing alcohol from her son’s house and drank it and had to be rushed to the hospital. And the day after Christmas, Aundrea had a seizure due to alcohol withdrawals.
Yet, the mom of three continues to drink.
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In the video above from Friday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Ian Tong, Chief Medical Officer of Doctor on Demand, gives Aundrea a stern wake-up call about her behavior, and warns her that if she doesn’t stop drinking, she may not have long to live.
“There was an elevation in the liver enzymes that were really more than double the normal value, and when we see that happen, that is actually a pretty strong clue to a clinician or a doctor who’s making assessments, to be able to say their relative risk of death within either a short period or longer period of time,” Dr. Tong tells Aundrea. “We could make a pretty accurate prediction about the risk that she would have of dying within the next year.”
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Hear more of Dr. Tong’s explanation in the video above, including what it’s like to die from liver failure.
This episode of Dr. Phil airs Friday. Watch more here.