September 7, 2006

Positivity: Why Boston Red Sox Manager Terry Francona Is Still Alive

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

Francona appeared last week at the company whose device saved his life to promote participation in an upcoming Heart Walk:

Francona shows his heart’s in right place
Saturday, September 2, 2006

If it weren’t for a medical device made by Boston Scientific, Terry Francona might not have lived long enough to manage the Boston Red Sox to a World Series championship.Francona, who spoke to employees at Boston Scientific in Natick yesterday, said he spent seven weeks in intensive care in 2002 after suffering a pulmonary embolism, a sudden blockage in a lung artery caused by a blood clot.

Three days after leaving the hospital he suffered another blood clot and survived only because of a filter that had been implanted into his body during his first hospital stay. Francona said he didn’t even know what the device was until he was told it saved his life.

“When I got to the emergency room the doctor told me I would have been dead instantly if not for the filter,” Francona told Boston Scientific employees. “It saved my life and I will never forget it.”

Francona’s pulmonary embolisms were complications of deep-vein thrombosis. A Greenfield Vena Cava Filter made by Boston Scientific was implanted into his inferior vena cava, a large vein that carries blood from the lower part of the body to the heart.

The filter captures blood clots before they reach the lungs.

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