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Just talked to Ed Thompson, the father of UM baseball player (infielder) David Thompson.
The discouraging news is "he's heartbroken.''
Everything else is encouraging.
Like I reported in the Miami Herald last night, David underwent a six-hour surgery yesterday on his right arm for a blood clot that was caused by venous thoracic outlet syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic, "a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and first rib (thoracic outlet) becomes compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.
"Common causes include... sports-related activities.'' And baseball players have been known to get this syndrome.
"He had some blockage in a blood vessel and the blood was going out but not coming back, which is what caused the arm to swell,'' UM coach Jim Morris told me last night after UM lost to Virginia 5-3. "He wasn't getting good circulation because the top bone in his rib cage was cutting off the blood flow a little bit.''
Ed Thompson emailed me last night and said that "full recovery is expected over time. We are grateful for God's grace and for exceptional doctors and care. We appreciate your prayers.''
David is recuperating at UM Hospital.
Mr. Thompson, president of Miami-based Logoi Ministries -- just reiterated to me by phone that "the surgery was successful. The doctors were here this morning and are very pleased with how everything looks. Now the healing process has begun.''
Doctors had to remove one of David's ribs, and he's in a lot of pain, Ed told me.
"He’s heartbroken is the best way to say it right now, but determined to get back."
Will David, a sophomore who leads the Hurricanes with a .328 batting average and starred at Miami Westminster Christian, play baseball again?
“Oh yeah, he’ll play again,'' Ed Thompson said. "We just don’t know when. There’s not a specific time frame. Each person is different.''
Will he be back this season?
“It’s too soon to tell. We don’t know yet.
“We hope he’s out of the hospital by at least Friday, but we haven’t heard a specific date.’’
Again, David get well soon and keep your head up. You have lots of people praying for you and pushing for you! We know you're a fighter. :)
Please leave your wishes for David below.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
Minutes after Virginia defeated Miami 5-3 in the rubber game of a three-game series Monday at Mark Light Field, UM coach Jim Morris told the Miami Herald that David Thompson underwent a six-hour surgery Monday morning on his right arm.
David's father, Ed Thompson -- president of Miami-based Logoi Ministries -- delivered the following statement to me via email:
"David was admitted to the University of Miami hospital on March 19 after a blood clot was discovered in his upper arm. It was determined the cause was an uncommon condition called 'Venous Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.'
"Surgery to solve this issue was successfully performed on March 24th. While disheartened, David is in good spirits and full recovery is expected over time. We are grateful for God's grace and for exceptional doctors and care. We appreciate your prayers.''
Thompson was admitted to UM Hospital last week with a badly swollen right arm.
“He had some blockage in a blood vessel and the blood was going out but not coming back, which is what caused the arm to swell,'' Morris said.
“He wasn’t getting good circulation because the top bone in his rib cage was cutting off the blood flow a little bit. They said it was a successful surgery and he’ll be fine.
Morris said he had no idea when Thompson will be back on the team.
Here's hoping that David gets well soon.
MAYO CLINIC DEFINITION OF VENOUS THORACIC OUTLET SYNDROME
Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and your first rib (thoracic outlet) become compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.
Common causes of thoracic outlet syndrome include physical trauma from a car accident, repetitive injuries from job- or sports-related activities, certain anatomical defects (such as having an extra rib), and pregnancy. Sometimes doctors can't determine the cause of thoracic outlet syndrome.
Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome usually involves physical therapy and pain relief measures. Most people improve with these approaches. In some cases, however, your doctor may recommend surgery.
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