The Sneaky Health Danger That Almost Cost U.S. Soccer Star Ali Krieger Her Life

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The scar running down her knee weaves the tale of her ACL injury just a few months before the 2012 Olympics. On a flight before Christmas, a few months later, she unknowingly developed blood clots in her leg and lungs. Pulmonary embolisms occur when blood clots travel to the lungs , typically from the leg if a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) develops.

 

 

  • The tattoo (one of many) on her left forearm , liebe, means “love” in German, and represents the years she lived there playing for a now-rival team.
  • Two days before the former Penn State athlete was set to play in the NCAA tournament, Krieger broke her leg, requiring surgery.
  • A pulmonary embolism comes with sudden shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing that produces blood-tinged mucus.

 

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