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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.


Rocker Travis Barker was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after tweeting "God Save Me" on Tuesday, June 28.

Multiple outlets report that Barker first went to West Hills Hospital on Tuesday morning, complaining of chest pains.

Hours later, photos surfaced of Barker on a gurney being rushed into Cedars-Sinai. His concerned wife Kourtney Kardashian-Barker, 43, followed close behind him.

Barker's daughter Alabama, 16, took to social media to ask fans to pray for her father.

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In addition to Alabama (left), Barker shares his only son, Landon, 18, and a step-daughter Atiana de la Hoya, 23, with his 47-year-old ex Shanna Moakler.

It is unclear if Barker is vaccinated against Covid-19.

The Blink-182 drummer, 46, has had health issues related to a plane crash in 2008. He suffered burns all over his body, and was in and out of burn units and hospitals.

Barker opened up about his medical condition called trigeminal neuralgia in an interview on Joe Rogan's podcast in 2019.

"I also have trigeminal neuralgia. Have you heard of it? It's the worst. It's called the suicide disease," he said.

"Cause basically all of the nerves in your face are firing all at the same time. So it almost feels like what you feel when you think you need a root canal or you have a tooth that's messed up."

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face.

Barker said he uses CBD oil and other CBD-infused products to relieve the chronic (longterm) pain.


Barker and Kardashian announced their engagement in October 2021. They were married twice earlier this year. The couple opened up about their struggles to conceive via in-vitro fertilization.

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Shaking chills, also known as rigors or uncontrollable shivering, is the body's response to a high fever caused by a severe infection.

Shaking chills should be taken seriously. It is sometimes the only sign that there is a raging infection inside your body.

If you experience shaking chills after surgery or an outpatient procedure, you should notify your doctor or a healthcare professional immediately.

If you have a thermometer (everyone should have one at home), take your temperature so you can tell your doctor how high it is. Tell your doctor you recently had an outpatient procedure such as a root canal or a tooth extraction.

Chills usually accompanies a high fever (above 103 F) in response to a severe infection, such as sepsis. Fever occurs when your brain increases your body temperature to kill invading germs.

The brain's attempt to regulate the body temperature causes the patient to feel cold. Shivering and chills occur when the muscles contract to bring the body temperature up.

If the shaking chills stop - but your temperature continues to rise - you should go to an emergency room to be evaluated further. You should never ignore shaking chills.

A high fever, if sustained, can lead to organ damage or febrile seizures.

You might break out in a fine sweat if your temperature returns to normal.

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What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening immune response to an infection. Sepsis occurs when an infection somewhere in the body -- the skin, lungs, urinary tract, etc. -- triggers a strong inflammatory immune response that causes the blood vessels to leak, leading to low blood volume, multiple organ failure, and death.

What Causes Sepsis?

Sepsis is most commonly caused by a bacterial infection. But it can also be caused by a virus, fungus or protozoan infections in the brain, urinary tract, skin and abdominal organs.

The most common causes of sepsis is trauma, surgery, or an invasive procedure such as dental work.

Dentists normally prescribe antibiotics before a dental appointment to decrease the bacteria in the mouth. If the patient is not prescribed antibiotics, the bacteria that normally resides on teeth and in the gums can enter the bloodstream, travel to the heart and colonize the heart valve. The patient usually doesn't know he is sick with a deadly infection in his heart until months later.

Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to heart damage, organ failure and death.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Rapid breathing
  • Cough
  • Low blood pressure (septic shock)
  • Shaking chills
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased heart rate
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Cold, clammy (wet) skin
  • Confusion
  • Low urine output
  • Risk Factors

    Risk factors include young or old age, or weak immune system caused by diabetes, cancer, trauma, or burns. Sometimes children and the elderly will show no symptoms or the fever is low grade.

    Sepsis is a medical emergency. If you think you have sepsis or if you feel sick days after having surgery or an outpatient procedure such as dental work, call your doctor or healthcare provider.

    Always ask the doctor of healthcare provider: "Do you think this could lead to sepsis?"

    Educate yourself so you know which questions to ask your doctor or healthcare provider.

    Use WebMD's symptoms checker. Remember that most symptoms should fit a familiar pattern so the doctor can properly diagnose you.

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    Signs and Symptoms of Sepsis | Mayo Clinic


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    An Atlanta man says he and his fiancée are being held captive in a Mexico hospital because they can't afford to pay his $14,000 medical bill.

    Stephen Johnson was vacationing with his fiancée, Tori Austin, on a Carnival cruise ship headed to Cancun.

    Two days into their trip, Johnson fell ill and was diagnosed with diabetes, and infection/inflammation of the pancreas and kidneys.

    Ship doctors recommended Johnson seek emergency treatment at a hospital on the mainland. Johnson was rushed to a hospital where he was in intensive care for three days.

    Because Johnson and Austin don't have insurance, the hospital demanded payment via cash or credit card on the spot.

    Johnson is still too sick to be discharged, but hospital administrators told the couple that, if he is discharged, he can't leave the hospital until he pays.

    Austin shared photos of Johnson in a hospital bed with Good American America. "We were physically assaulted by the administrative staff," Austin told GMA from her fiancé's hospital room. "They were physically pushing on him!" she added, before adding that hospital workers "locked the windows".

    Austin told GMA that she offered to pay $7,000 in cash upfront and she was willing to work out a payment plan for the remainder of the bill.

    Johnson told CBS46 that he is in "hell" and that he and Austin have no idea when they will be allowed to leave the premises.

    They are pleading for help from the U.S Embassy and Consulates in Mexico.

    Update: Tyler Perry has offered to pay the hospital bills for Stephen Johnson. According to Channel 2 Action News, Perry was watching Good Morning America on Friday morning and saw the couple's plight.

    Channel 2's Justin Gray had been texting with the couple when he got a call from Perry offering to help. Johnson and his fiancée are on their way home to Sandy Springs, Ga.

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    Rapper French Montana was transported to a hospital after he apparently suffered a severe drug reaction on Thursday.

    Police were called to the rapper's Calabasas, Calif. home at 1:30 p.m. in response to a burglary report which turned out to be a false alarm. But the cops called an ambulance after noting the rapper's deteriorating condition.

    According to published reports, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies summoned an ambulance after Montana complained of "stomach pains, nausea and an elevated heart rate."

    He was transported to a San Fernando Valley hospital, where he was treated with IV fluids.

    The 35-year-old Moroccan native was hospitalized overnight for observation.

    He is best known for his brief romantic relationships with Hollywood socialite Khloe Kardashian, 35, and rap mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, 50.

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    Rhabdomyolysis is a serious medical condition that is caused by the rapid destruction of muscle fibers, usually after intensive workouts.

    What Causes Rhabdomyolysis?

    Rhabdomyolysis is caused by the rapid breakdown of muscles that releases muscle fibers and other contents directly into the blood stream.

    This condition affects mainly body builders and people who exercise too strenuously, causing damage to the muscles.

    Other factors include drugs or alcohol, medications, electrolyte imbalances, viruses, severe infections, hypothyroidism, and more.

    Rhabdomyolysis occurs after extreme muscle damage caused by lifting heavy weights or doing too many reps on weight machines.

    Personal trainers often advise weight trainers to "feel the burn" and "no pain, no gain" wile working out.

    The burning sensation is caused by a buildup of lactic acid in the muscles when the muscles are fatigued or weakened.

    Signs & Symptoms

    The first sign of rhabdomyolysis is a sharp, stabbing pain in the muscles. The pain will be severe, followed quickly by tenderness, weakness and massive swelling (compartment syndrome) of the muscles.

    The swelling is caused by leaking of muscle fibers and the movement of fluid from the blood into the damaged muscles resulting in low blood pressure and shock.

    A protein called myoglobin is released from the muscles which damages the kidneys, resulting in low volume of dark brown colored urine.

    If not treated in an emergency room, rhabdomyolysis can lead to confusion, coma and death.

    Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Severe muscle pain
  • Immobility (unable to move)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Low to no urine production
  • Heart attack
  • Bleeding from everywhere (blood clotting disorder)

    Go to the nearest emergency room if you feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your muscles followed by tenderness, weakness and swelling of your muscles.

    In the video below, Mr. Olympia Shawn "Flexatron" Rhoden rests briefly between short reps to prevent damage to his muscles.

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    In September, Fort Lauderdale officer Franklin Foulks, 2nd from left, was in the process of booking 16-year-old Jamal Rutledge when he suddenly collapsed on the floor of the holding area. With no other officers in the vicinity, Officer Foulks was at the teen's mercy.

    But Rutledge jumped into action, screaming and kicking on the fence until officers responded.

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    Up-and-coming R&B singer August Alsina is still hospitalized at a NY area hospital after passing out and falling off stage during a concert on Monday. Alsina, 22, is in an ICU being treated for multiple seizures, according to published reports.

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    Joan Rivers

    Comedian Joan Rivers is reportedly in a medically-induced coma to relieve swelling in her brain after she stopped breathing during a routine endoscopy procedure at an outpatient clinic in NY yesterday.

    Rivers, 81, was reportedly undergoing a non-surgical endoscopic procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic when she experienced respiratory and cardiac arrest as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain.

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