HGTV's 'Beachfront Bargain Hunt' Leads to Life-Saving Diagnosis
Viewers tune in to HGTV for the design, remodeling and house hunting. For Dr. Erich Voigt, flipping through the channels lead to helping with a life-saving diagnosis. Voigt, a New York-based ear, nose and throat surgeon from NYU Langone Health, was watching a couple house hunting in Morehead City, N.C. on HGTV's Beachfront Bargain Hunt when he noticed something alarming. The woman featured on the show had a bump on her neck which he recognized as a potential symptom of Thyroid cancer.
Voigt turned to social media to find the woman to share his concerns. He posted a clip from the show that quickly got shared on Facebook, and soon he identified the woman, Nicole McGuinness, of Havelock, North Carolina.
McGuinness, a brain cancer survivor, called her doctors to undergo further testing and was soon diagnosed with Thyroid cancer and began undergoing treatment.