Last week during the Brooklyn Nets game against the Los Angeles Clippers, forward Mirza Teletovic left the game early and was sent to the hospital, where later it was found that he had multiple blood clots in his lungs. Later, the Nets announced that Teletovic would miss the remainder of the season.
Teletovic remained in a Los Angeles hospital where he was monitored, while his teammates departed for Utah and later returned to Brooklyn.
On Wednesday, he was released from the hospital and flew home to New York on a private jet supplied by the team, and according to the team's doctor he is "expected to make a full recovery."
The following is a statement from Brooklyn Nets team physician Dr. Michael Farber:
"Mirza was diagnosed with pulmonary embolus on January 22 and started on the appropriate medications for this condition. Diagnostic testing was arranged and he was then observed until testing showed that he reached the expected therapeutic range. We are pleased to say that he reports no symptoms at this time and that he will be discharged to return home today."
"This was a true collaborative effort between our medical team and training staff and the local physicians at the Los Angeles hospital where Mirza was treated. I am really pleased with how Mirza has progressed. We will evaluate him upon return, personally review all of the testing he had done, and arrange for further testing if necessary."
"I expect Mirza to make a full recovery."
Early Thursday, Teletovic posted a picture of him in front of the plane that took him home.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Last night the flight was ok, it's nice to be home with our kids <a href="http://t.co/5IFuArTDll">pic.twitter.com/5IFuArTDll</a></p>— Mirza Teletovic (@Teletovic33) <a href="https://twitter.com/Teletovic33/status/560791717570682880">January 29, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Coach Lionel Hollins spoke to the severity of the issue when he said, after the fact, that if Teletovic stepped on the plane after the Clippers without having gone to the hospital he "could have died."
He remains out for the season. Our thoughts continue to be with Mirza and his family.