Blood Clots in the News: 2nd Edition

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I feel like blood clots have been in the news a lot lately. Maybe I notice it more, of course, but I still feel like I am seeing more about blood clots in recent months than I have previously. While I am grateful word is getting out about this potential killer, I am deeply saddened by the lives lost and altered due to deaths resulting from blood clots and their effects.  From high school athletes to young mothers to professional race car drivers, blood clots are definitely making their mark in the news as of late.


Paul Robinson: Blood clot could have killed me… it left my so unfit I couldn’t even keep up with my 92-year-old nan!



Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has revealed that he was so unfit after suffering a potentially fatal blood clot on his lung that he couldn’t keep up with his 92-year-old granny. Robinson has returned to training with Blackburn more than six months after the clot was discovered on Easter Monday in March following back surgery. The 33-year-old explained the symptoms to Blackburn’s club doctor Duncan Robertson over the phone and was told to go to hospital for urgent treatment. [Read more]


Doctor ‘negligent’ over DVT death of Jacqueline Allwood



Jacqueline Allwood, 47, died 10 days later after a blood clot travelled from her leg to her lung. Dr Saurabh Adlakha knew of the family history of deep vein thrombosis, Southwark Coroner’s Court heard. Recording a narrative verdict, medical negligence by Dr Adlakha contributed to her death, said coroner Andrew Harris. The inquest was told Dr Adlakha suggested Ms Allwood had probably suffered a sprained calf picking up Christmas decorations in December of 2012. After limping into the Beckenham Beacon Urgent Care Centre she was told to take some ibuprofen, rest, use ice and stretch the muscle and to wear more comfortable shoes. [Read more]


SHHS Football Player Dies from Injuries Sustained During Game



South Harrison High School football player Dylan Jeffries passed away Sunday night, according to a Facebook page created to update the community on his condition. Jeffries was injured during a football game Friday, Sept. 27 and rushed to Ruby Memorial Hospital with a blood clot on his brain. He was placed under a medically induced coma a few days later. [Read More]


Catfish’s Michael Fortunato Dead At 26



A subject of MTV’s “Catfish” series, Michael Fortunato, died in Hartford, Connecticut, Saturday from a pulmonary embolism, MTV News has learned. The 26-year-old New Jersey native starred in the “Ashley and Mike” episode from season two, which followed he and 20-year-old Ashley Sawyer as they met for the first time after being in a seven-year online relationship. An autopsy has yet to be released, but Mike’s younger sister, Gena, confirmed the death to MTV News Monday night. A spokesperson for the Farmington, Connecticut, chief medical examiner’s office told MTV News that Fortunato died at Hartford Hospital as a result of a pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis. [Read More]


Brian Vickers has blood clot, will miss rest of season



Brian Vickers will miss the rest of the 2013 Sprint Cup season after being placed on blood thinners for a blood clot in his right calf. Michael Waltrip Racing announced Monday that Vickers said Dr. William Downey put the driver of the No. 55 Toyota on the medication after finding the small clot in a Monday morning examination. Vickers, who missed the final 25 races of the 2010 season while recovering from blood clots and heart surgery to repair a hole between his atria, said doctors are confident he will be able to resume activity before the 2014 season. [Read more]

And, in case you didn’t know…

Theodore Roosevelt Dies


On Jan. 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, died in his sleep at his home in Oyster Bay, N.Y. He was60. The New York Times reported that, though Mr. Roosevelt had had inflammatory rheumatism, his death “took by surprise his physicians.” The immediate cause of death was listed as “a clot of blood which detached itself from a vein and entered the lungs.” [Read more]

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