Sometimes it takes a major life-threatening health scare to remind us how precious life really is.
Just last week, Chris Bosh was participating in NBA All-star weekend, followed by a trip to Haiti, however, his eventful week was cut short after he started experiencing abdominal pain and was later admitted to a Miami-area hospital where he was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism. The condition, which forms blood clots on the lungs, is the same condition that sidelined Serena Williams back in 2011, and recently killed retired NBA player Jerome Kersey last week.
It is said that if the 30-year-old did not catch the illness in time, it could have also threatened his life as well.
On Saturday, the Miami Heat announced that Chris would be out for the season. Still, Chris has kept a positive attitude, as he thanked fans on Instagram:
Thank you for all the messages, love, and support. It has truly lifted my spirits through this tough process. #Heatnation #Iwillbebacksoon #Boshfamily
LeBron James also sent his well wishes by posting on Twitter:
Man my heart real heavy right now thinking about @chrisbosh health! Especially after hearing about Kersey the other day. My prayers are out for u and your family my brother! Here for you throughout this if needed. #BandOfBrothers #BiggerthanBasketball
Wish I could be there by your side this very moment to tell a joke or something homie. Just to get your mind off what you’re going through! But I know you’re strong and will come back better than ever on and off the court. #PrayForCB
Adrienne Bosh also added:
Daddy is in good hands! #DrJack is on the case We appreciate each and every call/text/email/post and everyone who has reached out with support, encouragement, love, prayers, positivity, and concern. Thank you to all who have been such a strong support system and ray of light for my husband and our family! We can all rest a little easier tonight knowing @chrisbosh is already on the road to getting better and in good spirits.
Up to 600,000 Americans every year suffer from blood clots which is either brought on by their genetics or injuries. Fortunately Chris’s condition isn’t fatal and he’s expected to make a full recovery, but he certainly isn’t the only athlete to have this condition.
According to Fox Sports:
- Last month, Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was ruled out for the season once clots were found on his lungs.
- Two years ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao needed season-ending surgery to remove a clot in his lung.
- Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston’s career may be over after he was diagnosed with clots on his lungs last year for a second time.
- In 2005, Arizona women’s basketball player Shawntinice Polk collapsed and died from a clot just weeks before she was to begin her senior season.
Back in 2011, after Serena Williams returned to tennis, she revealed:
They [the doctors] said I had several clots in both lungs. A lot of people die from that because you don’t recognise it. I couldn’t breathe, and honestly I just thought I was out of shape, and needed to get on the treadmill.
They said it could have gotten a lot more serious. A day or two later, it could possibly have been career-ending. My physio (therapist) forced me to go to the hospital whereas I was actually on my way to a party. I’m glad now I didn’t go to that party.
This has given me a whole new perspective on life and my career — and not taking anything for granted.
Wishing a speedy recovery for Chris and strength to the Bosh family.