JOHNSTON COUNTI, N.C. – Greg Phillpotts said his tormented nose had been bothering him for five years – last year's family holiday thanked her when she suddenly poured fluid from one nostril and into food, reports VTVD.
"I prepared a meal and stood in the kitchen and just added it to the ingredients – he fucked up the whole dinner," said the father of North Carolina. While he had surgery to correct the problem in September, he recently spoke to VTVD about his rare condition.
Phillpotts lived in New York until two years ago when he moved south to County Johnston after his wife retired.
For years, Phillpotts blamed the state of allergies and told VCBS in September that doctors in North Carolina had diagnosed pneumonia and bronchitis.
After several years of filling the tissue in his nose, one February night left him determined to understand what was happening to his body. Phillpotts said that cough kept him all night and scared him enough to find another doctor.
This time he got the right diagnosis.
In September, Dr. Alfred Iloreta at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York found that the Phillopotts nose actually misses the cerebrospinal fluid.
"It's a leak of fluid that surrounds the brain to overcome it to protect it from shock or trauma, or the like," Dr. Iloreta for VTVD.
Left untreated, constant leakage can lead to a dangerous infection, Iloreta said.
The minimally invasive surgery of the skull was all that needed to repair the leak – doctors used the Phillopotts skin cover from the other part of his body as a patch.
After five years of torture, Phillpotts was intercepted.
"Have you ever been so congested that you can not breathe, and you can suddenly breathe again?" He asked. "You know what a relief is?"