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3/26/2016 Latest post:
Tony suffered a knee to knee hit during the State Ice Hockey Semi-Final game on Thursday, March 3, 2016. He tried to continue to play during the next two periods, but the injury was too painful to continue. After the game, Tony's mom, Jessica took him to the Emergency Room for treatment. An X-ray indicated that there were no broken bones and the injury was likely to the Medial Collateral Ligament which will usually heal on its own with time and immobilization. Tony was recommended to follow up with an Orthopedic Specialist. Tony started physical therapy and initially things seemed like they were going well. However a few days in to therapy the swelling in his knee increased, and he was experiencing pain and swelling in his calf as well. Last Friday, March 18, Tony returned to the Emergency Room. An ultrasound and x-rays were performed and a blood clot was discovered in Tony's leg. He was taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital. He was treated with anticoagulants (blood thinners) in order to reduce the possibility of more clots forming. He was released to go home on Sunday. However, Monday evening Tony began having shortness of breath and pain in his ribs. Jessica rushed him back to Children's. They performed a CT Scan and it was determined that Tony had "a shower" of clots within and leading to both lungs. His lungs were compromised due to the clots and his breathing capacity was greatly diminished. He was in excruciating pain. He was admitted again to Children's in the ICU where he was treated with IV Heparin and Morphine. Tony is in serious but stable condition.