Former NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi suffered another stroke, his charity announced Friday.
“Yesterday afternoon, Tedy had a stroke, known as a TIA,” Tedy’s Team, a stroke-awareness charity, said in a statement. “He recognized his warning signs immediately: arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties. Tedy is recovering well, and would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for all they have done. Tedy and his family thank you for your ongoing encouragement, and kindly ask for privacy at this time.”
Sturdy Memorial Hospital is in Attleborough, Mass., close to Foxborough, home of the New England Patriots, the team for which Bruschi played his entire 13-year NFL career.
According to the American Stroke Association, TIA stands for transient ischemic attack and is considered a mini-stroke but also a “major warning” that can foreshadow a full-blown stroke.
“TIA is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. Since it doesn’t cause permanent damage, it’s often ignored,” the ASA writes.
Bruschi, 46, suffered a mild stroke in February 2005, just weeks after he and the Patriots had defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, but he recovered and played in nine games during the 2005 NFL season.
“The minute I was told I had a stroke, it was never, ‘Woe is me,’ “ Bruschi told The Post’s Mark Maske in 2005. “It was, ‘What do I have to do to get better?’ ... I would hope I’m educating everyone about stroke. I feel like I’m the face of stroke.”
Bruschi founded Tedy’s Team in 2005 to raise awareness of stroke and heart disease (after his first stroke, doctors discovered that Bruschi had a hole in his heart that contributed to the stroke). He has worked at ESPN since his 2009 retirement and reportedly is slated to replace Charles Woodson on the network’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” show this year.
“Since his full recovery from a stroke in 2005, Tedy Bruschi has provided inspiration to so many and positively impacted the lives of others by sharing his story and advocating for early detection of stroke symptoms,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “While shocked to hear of his recent stroke, known as TIA, we are relieved to learn that he recognized the early symptoms and immediately sought and received treatment. On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, we extend our love, thoughts, and prayers to Tedy and the Bruschi family while we wish him godspeed in a complete recovery.”
With Boston Herald reports