Amber, 28, a mother of two, lives outside Dallas, TX. She loves running, spending time with her children and watching her 11-year-old son play football and baseball. In December 2021, a month after the birth of her daughter, Amber began to experience pain in her leg along with shortness of breath. There was a rapid onset of pain and swelling in Amber’s leg that made it difficult for her care for her children. She decided it was time to go to her local hospital.
Amber arrived at the emergency department unable to get out her car due pain in her right leg. An ultrasound confirmed a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in her leg and minor pulmonary embolism (PE) in her lungs. Due to the severity of her DVT, the team recommended Amber be transferred via ambulance to a larger hospital in Dallas for advanced care. The team at Texas Health Presbyterian decided the best treatment for Amber’s DVT would be a minimally invasive procedure with the ClotTriever® System to remove the large clot burden in her leg. “I remember crying from the pain caused by the DVT. My leg was swollen and heavy. The clot removed was unreal.” said Amber regarding the significant amount of clot removed in her procedure. Amber’s PE was minor enough to be successfully treated with anticoagulation.
The swelling and pain in Amber’s right leg improved within a few weeks. Her shortness of breath resolved. Amber ran her first 5K in May and is back on the sports fields cheering on her son. She is planning for a career in crime scene investigation.