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Deion Sanders Hospitalized for Blood Clot - What You Need to Know

Deion Sanders Hospitalized for Blood Clot - What You Need to Know

  Deion Sanders, former NFL star and University of Colorado football coach, experienced serious health complications in 2021 when blood clots led to two toes on his left foot being lost due to blood clots forming, prompting him to discuss it on an episode of Barstool Sports' Coach Prime documentary series. What Happened? Deion Sanders reigned supreme as one of the NFL's most exciting players during his pro career, rising from an undrafted player at 1989 scouting combine to two Super Bowl champions with Dallas Cowboys before playing part-time for Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons after retiring in 2000. Later he turned his attention towards Jackson State Tigers football coaching which is now regularly featured in FCS playoffs - his success even spreading throughout HBCUs nationwide. But in 2021, Sanders was sent to hospital due to a medical emergency, and eventually had his big toe on his left foot amputated after multiple follow-up surgeries due to a blood clot preventing blood flow to it. Doctors ultimately had no other choice but amputating it after having failed in treating it themselves. Doctors determined that Sanders had developed a blood clot in his femoral artery, which runs between the knee and calf. It was life-threatening; therefore he spent 23 days hospitalized, including 13 in intensive care unit. A review of his family medical history revealed multiple relatives had experienced blood clots including two uncles who succumbed. University of Colorado head football coach Jason Dungy announced Thursday in a video posted to social media that he will undergo surgery this Friday to treat blood clots in both legs, including one on his left which required him to have two of its toes amputated last year. Dungy also indicated that doctors have not considered amputating his remaining toes yet but could require removal of one leg if the clot doesn't clear soon. Barstool Sports-produced documentary Coach Prime featured an episode featuring Sanders meeting with two vascular surgeons from the University of Colorado who informed him that while his leg clot still existed, it hadn't progressed rapidly enough to require immediate amputation of both feet. Why Was He Hospitalized? In 2021, Sanders underwent two toe amputations due to blood clot complications that he has been dealing with for some time. Recently he appeared in Coach Prime docuseries featuring Jackson State University football coach Greg Dwyer's time there - in one scene showing off a scar on his left foot that has since healed up. He was shown using a motorized wheelchair to get around, with it evident that his foot had suffered severe damage due to blood clots. Furthermore, it was evident that other toes on that foot were bent downward due to hammer toes, an uncomfortable condition which can cause much pain and discomfort. On Thursday, CU head football coach Dave Aranda posted a video on social media that addressed his health struggles. He allowed camera crews from "Thee Pregame Show" to film a meeting with his medical team at University of Colorado - where he's prepping for his inaugural season as head coach - where they met orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ken Hunt, vascular surgeons Donald Jacobs and Max Wohlauer as well as athletic trainer Lauren Askevold in 11-minute clip. Doctors were concerned that Sanders' condition could require him to have his foot amputated; they weren't sure whether his discomfort was being caused by blood clots or his hammer toes, though. To address both conditions they plan on performing surgery on him to straighten out his toes and increase blood flow through that foot; hopefully this should alleviate both conditions at once. Undergoing surgery at 6 am on Friday according to Jones (who spoke about this on his show Thursday night) should ensure there's no clot present in his groin area where they believe the source lies. 67-year-old Gary Lineker hopes that surgery will ease his pain and stave off amputating his foot, receiving overwhelming support from fans and the football community in response to this news. What Will Happen After Surgery? Sanders underwent two procedures in October 2021 due to blood clots that blocked circulation in his foot, spending 23 days in hospital before missing three games as Jackson State coach while working from a wheelchair. To document his journey for Barstool Sports (here), the former NFL star produced a documentary (here). On "The Pat McAfee Show" podcast Thursday night, Sanders addressed his current health condition and dispelled some misconceptions. Known on social media as Coach Prime, Sanders will undergo surgery on Friday in order to treat two blood clots in each leg and improve circulation in his feet. Doctors will remove some dead cells from his legs to enhance circulation, according to him. They'll also give him exercises such as flexing his knees and ankles at home; additionally, a medication will thin his blood slightly which could potentially reduce risk of blood clots. Venous thromboembolisms (VTEs), life-threatening blood clots that form within veins, or PEs as they're also known, can be life-threatening and pose an immediate danger. VTEs often appear when someone has had prior DVT or deep vein thrombosis and/or has chronic heart failure or an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis; African American have 30-60% higher risks for having VTE and PE than people of European ancestry. Sanders expressed confidence in his medical team at the University of Colorado, including orthopedist Dr. Kenneth Hunt and vascular surgeons Drs Donald Jacobs and Max Wohlauer who all serve on his care team. Coach Smith-Fischer also noted that his players will support him in this difficult situation and will not allow it to impede their preparations for this year's season. "It can be frustrating at times," said Coach Smith-Fischer, but noted they have an amazing support system and they can work through anything together. The Buffs open their 2018 campaign Aug 26 against Northern Arizona. How Long Will He Be Out? Deion Sanders will undergo surgery Friday to relieve blood clots in both legs. The University of Colorado head football coach posted a video to Instagram Thursday after news of the procedure broke, informing followers "Coach Prime" revealed doctors have discovered blood clots on both of his legs but do not foresee amputation: 'There's no talk of amputation," according to Deion at 55 years old; surgery will correct blood flow issues in his left foot that cause daily pain and pressure on him; further explained Deion's Instagram video said surgery will correct blood flow issues which has caused daily pain and pressure daily on him daily basis since diagnosis he started feeling blood clots due to improper blood circulation caused by his left foot (incorrecting improper blood flow through). Sanders began experiencing clotting issues since 2021 when complications from foot surgery required two of his toes to be amputated due to complications and compartment syndrome; an extremely dangerous condition in which muscle pressure exceeds healthy limits, restricting blood, oxygen, and nutrition from reaching tissues. Since then he has undergone nine surgeries; most recently one intended to fix foot issues caused the new clots to form. Former Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys defensive back Anthony James is an in-demand public speaker on clots, which can be fatal. In a video of himself discussing this topic, he states that an analysis of his family medical history revealed several relatives had blood clots as well as genetic predisposition for them in himself and that could account for why so many relatives of his had blood clots as well. He goes on to describe how his blood clot diagnosis led him to speak out about it and raise awareness. He hopes his story can assist others and lead to increased screening, better understanding of clots, and new anti-clotting medications being created as a result. Deion Sanders was recognized by NBCA and Stop the Clot for his courage and commitment in raising awareness about blood clot risks that are more prevalent among those with certain genetic predispositions. They wish him a speedy recovery as he gears up for his inaugural season at Colorado. NBCA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ending death and disability from blood clots; their work is carried out through local chapters and affiliates, in addition to an international staff.

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