Posted February 16, 2013

Pitcher Carl Pavano ‘lucky to be alive’ after snow shoveling accident

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Former Twins pitcher Carl Pavano lacerated his spleen(Elsa/Getty Images)

Former Twins pitcher Carl Pavano lacerated his spleen after falling on a snow shovel in January. (Elsa/Getty Images)

14-year veteran starting pitcher Carl Pavano was let go this offseason after four seasons with the Minnesota Twins and is still in search of a job. But his current worries go beyond baseball — “I’m just lucky to be alive,” he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune‘s Joe Christensen this week.

After ramping up his workouts and free-agent negotiations with teams following the holidays, Pavano had a “freak accident” while shoveling snow at his Vermont home on Jan. 12, according to the report.

The 37-year-old slipped on ice and fell onto a shovel handle, which jammed into his midsection. Four days later, he felt “sudden wave of abdominal pain and nausea” — he had lacerated his spleen.

By the time he finally had surgery to remove the spleen, on Jan. 19, doctors first had to remove 6 1/2 liters of blood from his chest cavity.

He said he lost 35 pounds in three weeks. At least he can laugh about it now. At 230 pounds, he’s as trim as he was as a rookie, he said, but too weak to lift his kids, ages 3 and 4.

By Saturday night, Pavano’s blood count had dropped dangerously low, and one of his lungs collapsed, he said. Alissa called her doctor in Florida, seeking another opinion, and he urged them to find a trauma center.

“He said I was on borrowed time,” Pavano said. “So we went to Hartford Hospital. That’s the No. 1 trauma center in the area.”

Doctors there gave Pavano a blood transfusion and performed splenic embolization, blocking the blood supply to his spleen.

“I was hours away from going into cardiac arrest and probably wouldn’t even be here,” Pavano said.

Pavano, who became notorious in New York for spending so much time on the disabled list after signing with the Yankees, will have to wait for his incision to heal and then work for several weeks or even months to regain his strength, but is determined to pitch again.

The 37-year-old owns a 108-107 career record and 4.39 ERA.


13 comments
DennisBroderick
DennisBroderick

I ruptured my spleen when I was nine years old when I hit a tree sledding.  They removed a large amount of blood from my chest cavity as well as the spleen in a 6 hr surgery.  It was 1969 and no one knew what the long term effects would be.  Luckily, all Carl may need in the future is a Pneumococcal vaccine.

goddessparticle
goddessparticle

Poor guy, I doubled over in pain just reading this! Wishing him the best in his recovery

FeliciaFitzgerald
FeliciaFitzgerald

"doctors first had to remove 6 1/2 liters of blood from his chest cavity"

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The following is a quote from a google of "how much blood can a person lose and still live":

 

A Class III Hemorrhage is 30 to 40% loss of blood. In an 80 kg person this would be about 2.24 liters. At this level the heart will be beating very fast, trying to keep up with the bodies needs. The person will look very pale, and start to be confused. This person is in shock, and in trouble. Fluids are needed very quickly.

 

A Class IV Hemorrhage is as described above. This is usually greater than 40% and in an 80 kg adult this would be more than 2.24 liters. The body can no longer keep up with the blood loss and the person is in serious trouble. Without very fast help the person will die.

 

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What BS! It's impossible to have almost 2 gallons of blood in your chest cavity and not be a zombie.

 

Who writes this crap????

eddie577
eddie577

I would at least get a heated sidewalk and driveway. eliminates that hassel. Not like he can't afford it.  Don't be a penny pitcher, I mean pincher.

eddie577
eddie577

Why does a guy who has earned over a $100 Million in his career not pay someone to do that? Let the experts do their job.  We need the work. I don't go pitch. Hire someone next time buddy.

BenjaminSchuermann
BenjaminSchuermann

Holy balls. Scary. If you lose 10 lbs in a week though, isn't that a sign of something probably wrong?

Jo4
Jo4

hey opaque5 does your name stand for the fact that you hide behind the internet to insult people who had a near death experience or the fact that you are that callous and stupid?

 

opaque5
opaque5

Hey Carl, couldn't you buy a snow blower with all of the money you stole from the yankees!!!

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

 @FeliciaFitzgerald It's worse than being a zombie.  The typical adult has only 5 liters TOTAL.  Losing 6.5 would be a record worthy of the Hall of Fame.  I suspect this writer won't be collecting a Pulitzer any time soon. 

 

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @eddie577 Or live in a warm weather place during the winters....uh, c'mon, the dude can afford a $200K~$300K place in some small town in Texas, Florida or Arizona.

Bonzo
Bonzo

He's lucky to be alive after stealing all that money in New York.