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Thatscricket - News - Aussie develops blood clot on long-haul UK flight

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Australian cricketer Corey Richards on Tuesday said he could have died after developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during a long-haul flight from Britain.Richards, 25, developed the condition, which causes the formation of blood clots, on a flight from London to Sydney.He said his life was in danger after returning home from playing in the Scottish National League for treatment for a broken little finger."I slept for quite some time when we got on the plane and all of a sudden half-way I felt like I'd pulled my calf," Richards said.Upon arriving in Sydney, he visited the New South Wales cricket team physiotherapist for treatment to his finger and mentioned his sore leg.The physio made him have an ultra-sound, which revealed a blood clot in his calf. "Obviously quick-thinking and the expertise of our NSW medical panel got onto it quickly," Richards said."It could have saved a lot of trouble." Richards is now on an intensive anti-coagulant treatment and must spend the next 10 days with his leg up.A less intensive treatment will continue for another three months.

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