PFT: Former NFL player dies after routine surgery

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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Former NFL player dies after routine surgery
    Note, I wish to make a silent moment of prayer for Cotton and his family!

    Posted by Mike Florio on July 22, 2010 9:19 PM ET
    Whenever a pro athlete undergoes a surgical procedure, the operation invariably is described as a success. For former NFL fullback Kenyon Cotton, the outcome couldn't have been any worse.

    Cotton has died, reportedly after surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon. Following last week's outpatient procedure, he returned to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. Doctors placed him into a medically-induced coma to assess the situation.

    "From what I'm told, when he came out of the coma, he had a series of strokes back to back," Cotton's younger cousin, Kenyon Allen, told the Bossier (La.) Press-Tribune. "He had been on life support the entire time he was in the hospital."

    Cotton, 36, played two years for the Ravens, in 1997 and 1998.

    Cotton is survived by two sons, age 13 and 9. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and teammates.
  2. Boyzmamacita

    Boyzmamacita CowBabe Up!!! Zone Supporter

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    Wow. That's really sad. It doesn't sound like he died from the surgery itself. Maybe something else went wrong.
  3. ThreeSportStar80

    ThreeSportStar80 Benched

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    OMG... God bless his family.

  4. 67CowboysFan

    67CowboysFan New Member

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    Sounds like an allergic reaction to medication.
  5. Richmond Cowboy

    Richmond Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a PE
  6. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    That's terrible. God Bless his family.
  7. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    PE's (pulmonary embolism) are usually the result of blood clots in the leg that embolize to the heart and then to the lungs.

    However, the article stated he had multiple strokes which implies embolism to the brain. For this to happen from a blood clot in the leg it would represent a paradoxical embolism and imply a hole in the heart or a direct connection between the pulmonary arterial system and the systemic arterial system. It is theoretically possible but very rare.

    I've seen one case in 10 years which occurred in a 80-year old lady after a knee replacement.
  8. alohawg

    alohawg Well-Known Member

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    Terrible, guess there is no such thing as routine surgery. Prayers for the family.
  9. Richmond Cowboy

    Richmond Cowboy Well-Known Member

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    paradoxical embolism vs post-op DIC vs PE Tx w/thrombolytics resulting in hemorrhagic stroke vs .......
  10. Star4Ever

    Star4Ever Well-Known Member

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    Yea. I had several in 2001 after a leg injury playing softball. Damn near killed me. I still take a blood thinner and will for the rest of my life.
  11. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    So you didn't get it treated? Or waited too long to seek attention?
  12. GuerillaBlack

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    That's kind of scary. I've had this lump on my left leg for about a week now. Don't know if it's a bruise or a blood clot. Maybe I should get it checked out.
  13. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Certainly many possible scenarios can lead to stroke but PEs (which were not mentioned at all in the article) and their connections to stroke are very, very weak.
  14. trickblue

    trickblue Not Old School...Old Testament...

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    Terrible news...

    He was a young man with young children...

    God bless his family...
  15. meadco

    meadco New Member

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    Does sound like a PE to me. Maybe he had a patent FO. That's pretty common.

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