Thursday, September 1, 2011
Gary Carter goes to emergency room
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter was taken to the emergency room Tuesday after experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath, his daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on a private family website.
Carter underwent several tests, which revealed he had blood clotting in his chest and his right leg. A CT scan revealed no brain bleeding, however, according to the site.
The longtime New York Mets and Montreal Expos catcher has been undergoing treatment for malignant brain tumors since early June.
Carter will have to inject two needles into his stomach every day until further notice, according to Bloemers. The injections contain blood thinners, which will help treat the clots.
Carter, who was released from the hospital Wednesday after a 24-hour stay, will be re-evaluated by doctors Friday. He has been told to rest until then.
"These blood clots are very controllable and this new medication should help dissolve the problems," Bloemers wrote on the website, to which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access. "Dad is very lucky it was caught so early."
Bloemers reported that Carter has been taking a stronger form of chemotherapy medication, although it has left him very fatigued.
"Even though this hasn't been the easiest week, we are encouraged by the wonderful doctors who are taking so much time to take care for dad," Bloemers wrote. "Dad will get through this as he has with his pneumonia, stomach pains, radiation, restless nights, hand cramps, etc. ... He is not going to let these 'bumps' stand in the way of this miracle. Our family is walking with dad in this journey as the Lord is guiding our steps each day."
This is the second time that Carter has been taken to the emergency room since being diagnosed with brain cancer. The first time was in mid-June, when Carter experienced a severe coughing attack and was found to have bronchitis.
Mike Mazzeo is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.