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CHRIS BOSH

INJURY: During the weekend of the 2015 NBA All-Star game, Bosh voiced that he was feeling sick. The Heat forward/center had his suspicions confirmed when the following weekend his doctor discovered blood clots forming in his lungs.

The scientific term for his condition is Pulmonary Embolism. It occurs when a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is broken and immediately travels to membranes of the lungs. The arteries are then clogged because platelets, red blood cells and vessels collide and the exchange of bodily fluids halted. So on top of feeling sick, Bosh experienced chest pains and respiratory episodes.

Since the announcement of his prognosis, Bosh has reported from his hospital bed, informing us that he is doing good! He’s staying at the Baptist Health System Hospital, being treated by a Heat physician.

WHAT THIS MEANS: It can be life-threatening, but most patients make it out just fine. A major point of the procedures is the thinning of the blood (term: Anticoagulants) through injection. As blood is thick with all the above components stuck in one place, injections help to speed up the clot destruction. Technical surgeries are often rare but can be done if necessary.

CAREER: Born in Dallas, Texas in 1984, Bosh’s been in the NBA since being drafted in 2030. He left Georgia Tech University where he was the star of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and played for the Toronto Raptors before joining the Miami Heat. He’s won two NBA Championships (in 2012 and 2013), is a ten-time All-Star, has won two bronze medals at FIBA and an Olympic gold medal for the U.S. team at the 2008 Summer games.

FUN FACT: He stands at a staggering 6’11!

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