UPDATE: NHL PLAYER CLEARED AFTER BLOOD CLOT SCARE
February 6, 2015; Posted by: WeBleed staff
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been cleared to come back and play hockey. Timonen suffered a long-term injury with blood clots in his left leg after having multiple clots in both his legs and lungs last summer. The final test results confirmed he has “chronic” clots in the left leg. Read more from an earlier WeBleed article about Kimmo Timonen.
“Chronic means they won’t move, ever,” the 39 year old Timonen said in an article by Comcast Sportsnet. “They stay in there forever, not moving around…I feel really confident coming back. There’s doctors I have talked to and those are the doctors I am going to trust. There’s 1,000 different opinions, but some specialists I have to trust.”
“I wanted to come out hard and play well and leave this game on a high note and it’s still the case. I want to come back and hopefully play a game and leave this game with my skates on. That’s probably the biggest thing.”
He estimates he will need about two weeks of practice before going back out on the ice for the first time in 8 months. This will be Timonen’s final season and then he will retire. Hats off to a long career and a healthy life after hockey.
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