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Pastor John Gray is showing signs of improvement after suffering blood clots in his lungs.

In an Instagram post, the pastor's wife, Aventer Gray, said he was diagnosed with a saddle pulmonary embolism, a rare condition named for the position of blood clots in the large artery that feeds deoxygenated blood from the heart to both lungs.

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Aventer, who shares 2 minor children with Gray, went on to explain he "was feeling a little different" over the past few weeks. He went to the emergency room "and was immediately admitted to CCU with a saddle Pulmonary Embolism in the pulmonary artery and more lung blood clots."
 
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On Monday, Aventer updated her Instagram followers on her husband's condition. She said he was stable enough to be transferred to a hospital in Atlanta.

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Pastor John Gray is in a critical care unit (CCU) after being diagnosed with rare blood clots in his lungs called saddle pulmonary embolism (PE).

The pastor's wife, Aventer Gray, took to Instagram to advise her followers of her husband's grave medical condition.

She shared several photos in a post on her @iamaventergray Instagram page on Sunday, July 10.

She captioned the post: "Hello family. My family and I stand in need of a miracle. Please keep my husband @realjohngray in your prayers..."

Aventer, who shares 2 minor children with Gray, went on to explain he "was feeling a little different" over the past few weeks. He went to the emergency room on Thursday "and was immediately admitted to CCU with a saddle Pulmonary Embolism in the pulmonary artery and more lung blood clots."

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Aventer continued:

"The Saddle PE is in a position that could potentially end his life if it shifts at all. The clot burden is severe and only God is holding it in place. He is currently in CCU and based on CT & Echo we will need two types of surgery due to the pressure now on the heart within the next 24 hours. To place this in perspective, the doctor said that people have come into the hospital dead with this exact scenario he walked in with.

"The Doctor said God has to keep him through the night and he can not move, not even get up to walk to a bathroom.

"Ok, COOL! Thanks ma'am! God isn't done! I don't care what CT, ECHO, All or any of the tests show! It's clear God isn't finished. Clots have to bow to my God! That's all! I need as many people who believe in the miracle healing power Of Jesus Christ to join me and my family and our church as we cry out on behalf of John W. Gray III.

"I'm rocking with God, Relentlessly!"


 

What is a saddle pulmonary embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that causes a blockage in the main pulmonary artery in the lungs.

A saddle pulmonary embolism is so named because of its position in the main pulmonary artery trunk between the lungs.

A saddle PE is a large blood clot that lodges where the main pulmonary artery trunk branches off to carry deoxygenated blood from the right side of the heart into each lung to be oxygenated.

Any PE is dangerous because clots block blood flow in one or both lungs. A large saddle PE blood clot can break off and cause multiple blockages in both lungs leading to right-sided heart failure and death.

What causes saddle PE?

The blood clot (thrombus) typically breaks off in the veins of the arms or legs (DVT) and travels to the pulmonary arteries in the lungs where it becomes lodged and blocks the flow of blood around it.

What are the signs and symptoms of saddle pulmonary embolism?

Some patients diagnosed with saddle PE don't show signs or symptoms. Signs symptoms of a saddle PE are the same as any other PE:

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • cough
  • coughing up blood-tinged sputum
  • difficulty breathing
  • rapid heart rate
  • irregular heartbeat
  • low blood pressure
  • fatigue, tiredness
  • lightheadness or dizziness
  • fever
  • cold, clammy skin
  • blue skin (cyanosis)
  • leg pain or swelling (if DVT)
  • fainting

How is saddle PE treated?

Saddle PE is treated the same way that other pulmonary embolisms are treated with blood thinners such as heparin, warfarin, and/or clot-dissolving medication. Sometimes surgery is necessary to remove large blood clots or to place a filter to trap clots.

A PE is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency medical treatment to restore blood flow to the heart/lungs before irreversible damage or death can occur.

If you believe you have a pulmonary embolism, seek emergency treatment or call 911 immediately.

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NFL legend Deion Sanders revealed he had two of his toes amputated due to blood clots that formed after surgery on his foot.

The Jackson State head coach revealed he lost his toes in an episode of his "Coach Prime" documentary series that aired on Barstool Sports.

Sanders, 54, was hospitalized for nearly a month earlier this year. The initial surgery in September was to treat a dislocated toe and an inflamed nerve.

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Sanders' longtime fiancée, Tracey Edmonds (pictured with Sanders in January 2022) took care of him during his healing process.

Sanders returned to the football field where he cruised the sideline in a golf cart or a scooter.

Eventually, Sanders noticed two of his toes were darkened and cold to the touch - indications of poor blood circulation in his toes.

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He was diagnosed with three life-threatening blood clots in the femoral artery in his left thigh.

Sanders developed compartment syndrome from swelling in his leg, which further obstructed blood flow to his foot. More surgery followed and doctors laid open Sanders' leg to drain the fluid.

Doctors amputated his big toe and second toe on his left foot. He underwent a total of eight surgeries. Sanders said the ordeal caused him to lose 35 pounds.

"They were first talking about the amputation of toes, then the amputation of my leg from knee down, and then they were trying to ensure that I had life," Sanders said in the docuseries.

"The hardest thing of it all was to look down there and see that and understand once upon a time you were this type of athlete and [now] you don't even know if you're gonna walk because all you feel is pain and you just want to get out of the hospital."

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New York Jets linebacker Vinny Curry is out for the season after developing blood clots and a rare blood disorder.

Curry, who was fully vaccinated in July, shared his diagnoses with followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

The father-of-two wrote:

"In July, the Jets doctors diagnosed me with a rare blood disorder. The diagnoses required the removal of my spleen and projected me to return to the field in the middle of September. During my recovery blood clots formed and forced me to go on blood thinners preventing me from having physical contact for the next three to six months."

Curry said he is "incredibly disappointed" that he won't be able to play with his teammates this season. However, he is thankful that doctors identified his condition in time and he is expected to make a full recovery.
 
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Earlier this month, Curry filmed a vaccine PSA in partnership with the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey. He received both vaccines in June and July.

"Hi, I'm Vinny Curry. I got the COVID-19 vaccine and I'm joining our partners at Atlantic Health System to tell you why you should too," he said. "It's easy, safe, effective, and protecting yourself, family, friends, and others against the virus. Let's reach the end zone together. So wash your hands, practice social distance, and most importantly, get vaccinated."

 

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The benefits of taking the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine outweighs the risk of blood clots or contracting Covid, according to the European Medicines Agency.

The EMA said there was a "possible link" between blood clots and the vaccine. But the benefits of the vaccine outweighs the risk of hospitalization and death.

The CDC and FDA paused distribution of the J&J single dosage vaccine on April 14 after one woman died from blood clots in the brain. Six other women were diagnosed with blood clots in the brain.

All six women, ages 18 to 48, were vaccinated within two weeks of their diagnoses.

The agency also found a small link between clots and AsreaZeneca's mRNA vaccine. The EMA recommended blood clots be listed as a "rare" side effect of AstraZeneca's mRNA vaccines.

"The reported combination of blood clots and low blood platelets is very rare, and the overall benefits of COVID-19 Vaccine ... in preventing COVID-19 outweigh the risks of side effects," the EMA said in a statement Tuesday.

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Johnson & Johnson will resume shipments of its single dose vaccine to all states in the US this week.

In February, Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorksy said an annual J&J vaccine would be needed. He added that a "booster" shot will be needed within 12 months of the first injection.

On Wednesday, Moderna revealed that it is also testing a third booster shot to be available by fall, CNBC reported.

So far, at least 54% of the population received one Covid-19 injection.

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U.S. health authorities paused the distribution of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 mRNA vaccines to investigate reports of blood clots.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC announced the move on Tuesday after reports of the clotting disorders.

Six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots in the brain within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine.

Only one woman reportedly died from the clotting disorder in March.

The FDA tweeted on Tuesday: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

The six women suffered blood clots in the brain, combined with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia) that caused hemorrhaging (bleeding disorder).

Should You Be Worried?

If you received the Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine, it's important to know the signs & symptoms of blood clots or bleeding disorders:

  • Shortness of breath (clots in lungs)
  • Chest pain (clots in lungs)
  • Severe headache (clots or bleeding in brain)
  • Abdominal pain (bleeding disorder)
  • Leg pain (clots in legs)
  • Blood in urine (bleeding disorder)
  • Black, tarry stools (bleeding disorder)
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    People who received the J&J vaccines and experience the above signs and symptoms should notify your doctor or healthcare provider immediately or go to the emergency room.

    The CDC advised against doctors treating the condition with heparin because heparin is a blood thinner and could make the condition worse.

    "If someone ends up with a very severe headache or any type of shortness of breath, pain in their leg, or severe pain in their abdomen, they would want to seek medical attention,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

    For people who got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk "is very low at this time," Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC, said Tuesday.
     

    FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.

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    The U.S. government has halted distribution of all Johnson & Johnson single jab mRNA vaccines after concerns about blood clots in the brain.

    Federal authorities have halted distribution of Johnson & Johnson injections at all government facilities, and are asking states to do the same.

    According to a report in the NY Times, six women between the ages of 18 and 48 complained of blood clots. Only one woman died.

    The Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) tweeted: "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution."

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    The six women were diagnosed with a rare blood clotting disorder called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

    The women also had low blood platelets count (thrombocytopenia) which causes hemorrhaging (bleeding) in the brain and body. Among the first signs are frequent nosebleeds, bleeding gums, black, tarry stools, and blood in urine.

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    The Johnson & Johnson single jab vaccine was praised by the news media because it required only a single injection.

    Other experimental mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer and Moderna, require two shots spaced about 21 days apart.

    Critics of Johnson & Johnson and other experimental vaccines were quickly branded anti-vaxxers.
     

    FYI: An earlier version of this article reported that six women died from blood clots. Only one woman has died.

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    A video is going viral on social media. It features a Black woman who claims to be a nurse offering advice to Black people about Covid-19.

    She says most Black people who die from Covid-19 have strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or blood clots in their lungs and extremities.

    She claims most of her Black male patients who come to the ER aren't complaining of a fever or cough. She says they are suffering from "malaise" or a generalized weakness and pain in the extremities.

    The woman advises people who suspect they may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT) to get up and walk.

    Walking is appropriate after you have been successfully treated for DVT, and only on the advice of your doctor.

    Telling someone who suspects they may have deep vein thrombosis to get up and walk is dangerous advice. Standing up and walking will only aggravate the condition, and sometimes results in immediate death.

    That is because the blood clot is stable in the leg while you are seated or immobile. But if you stand up and walk, the clot may break off and travel up your leg to your lungs or heart.

    DVT is sometimes caused by inactivity or sitting on a sofa for long hours without walking or exercising.

    The increase in strokes (lack of blood flow to the brain) or DVT is probably due in part to people sitting at home watching the news all day on TV and not exercising (sedentary lifestyle).

    If you have unexplained pain and swelling in your lower legs or arms, the skin feels hot to the touch, and you have a positive Homan's sign (Google it), call your doctor or healthcare provider or go to the emergency room.

    Be careful following bad advice on the Internet. Much if it is spread by agents of misinformation who target the Black community.

    Remember to wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face.
     

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    Comedian Chris Cotton died from a blood clot in his right lung and heart failure due to an enlarged heart. He was 32.

    The coroner also listed "morbid obesity" among the "significant conditions" contributing to the comedian's untimely death.

    "I conclude the cause of death was due to pulmonary thromboembolism right lung complicated by cardiomegaly," the medical examiner wrote in the report obtained by Radar Online.

    Cotton's sister-in-law, Karen Middleton, told Radar Online that Cotton was discovered "slumped over" behind the wheel of his car. He was pronounced dead at a hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

    "We are all just shocked that this happened," Middleton said. "He was just going to the store to get some stuff for the baby too."

    Cotton and his wife of eight years, Erica, were expecting their first child in February.

    The Philadelphia comedian was best known for his stand-up comedy and he was co-host of Comedy Central's streaming talk show Every Damn Day.

    The network shared the news of his death on Wednesday via Twitter.

    "We're devastated by the loss of Chris Cotton -- a hilarious comedian, a beloved member of the Comedy Central family and a joy to be around. He will be missed," the network wrote.

    A GoFundMe page raised over $50,000 for Cotton's family.

    Morbid obesity simply means severely overweight. People who who are diagnosed with morbid obesity have a significant risk of death.

    Morbid obesity is defined as 100 pounds over your ideal body weight or a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30.

    Serena Williams shrugged off a French Open ban on wearing catsuits similar to the ones she wore when she won three previous French Open titles. The tennis superstar was asked about the catsuit ban at a press conference ahead of the U.S. Open tennis tournament this week.

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    Singer Tamar Braxton was spotted in Beverly Hills after her recent health scare. The 40-year-old mother-of-one was hospitalized in New York while promoting her new album, Bluebird of Happiness. She looked pale with dark circles around her eyes after nearly fainting when her body swelled up last week.

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    R&B singer Tweet has been hospitalized with blood clots, according to published reports. The 46-year-old singer whose real name is Charlene Keys is reportedly suffering from blood clots in her lungs (pulmonary embolism).

    Blood clots are potentially deadly when they block the flow of oxygen rich blood to an artery, causing necrosis (tissue death) in the lungs.

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