Baltimore, MD –
I cannot imagine the anxiety of getting a blood clot in space.
One NASA astronaut knows that feeling all too well. He caught a blood clot while in the middle of a long-term mission at the Int. Space Station. Ironically, he would be healed from a doctor who was still on earth.
NASA called on University of North Carolina Doctor Stephan Moll, a blood-clot expert, to help develop a treatment plan. No astronaut information has been revealed. We do know that he was 2 months into a 6 month mission when the clot was discovered during a research study.
“Knowing there are no emergency rooms in space, we had to weigh our options very carefully,” Moll said in a statement on Thursday (Jan. 2).
The astronaut went through 40 days of injections before switching to oral spills. Initial medication supply wasn’t plentiful so it had to be rationed until a shipment arrived from earth. The astronaut stopped using the pills shortly before returning to earth.
He needed no further evaluation or treatment once he returned.