• September 30, 2020

NASA Astronaut Gets Blood Clot In Space, Treated By a Doctor on Earth

 NASA Astronaut Gets Blood Clot In Space, Treated By a Doctor on Earth

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.

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