Mexican Teenager Died From Stroke ‘Caused By Love Bite From His Girlfriend’

In August 2016, a 17-year-old boy in Mexico City reportedly died after a love bite he received from his girlfriend caused a stroke.

Julio Macias Gonzalez, 17, had convulsions while eating dinner with his family in Mexico City, after spending the evening with his 24-year-old girlfriend. Emergency services were called, but the boy died at the scene.

Doctors concluded that the suction of the hickey—or love bite—resulted in a blood clot, which travelled to Julio Macias Gonzalez’s brain and caused a stroke.

This was at least the second reported incident of a hickey causing a stroke. A hickey had caused a 44-year-old New Zealand woman to have a non-fatal stroke, according to a 2010 study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

The woman was temporarily partially paralyzed. The medics said the woman recovered after being treated with an anti-coagulant. Researchers at the time called the medical condition “a rare phenomenon.”

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