Eric Church Reveals He Had Emergency Surgery Last Year

Eric Church has revealed that he underwent emergency surgery to remove a blood clot brought on by a birth defect last year.

Church tells Rolling Stone that he was born with a defect that put his top rib bone too close to his collarbone, causing thoracic outlet syndrome. “There’s a major vein that runs through there,” Church says, “and when I would raise my arm, it would pinch it and damage the vein.” That damage caused a blood clot that kept growing and creating pressure, without Church knowing; in fact, Church only learned of his birth defect when it started causing major problems.

Church was admitted to the ICU at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C. The surgical team immediately began prepping him for surgery. “That was really when it hit me,” Church says. “To them, I was going to die.”

Church spent three days in recovery from his first surgery. Doctors went back in to take out his top rib one week later. “Normally, if you’re athletic [and have thoracic outlet syndrome], you’ll start having issues at 21, 22, 23,” Church explains. Others, though, don’t learn about the issue until “[t]hey just fall over in the shower.”

Church spent the summer of 2017 in rehab and doing physical therapy.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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