PBA player Doug Kramer reveals he had a mild stroke

IMAGE @dougkramer44 and @chekakramer on Instagram

PBA star Doug Kramer opens up about his mild stroke last October: "I reflected and cried. Not because of what happened, but because I saw how God's favor was upon me and how He was possibly protecting me from something worse in the future."


Inamin ng PBA player na si Doug Kramer na nagkaroon siya ng mild stroke noon lamang Oktubre.

Ito ang ibinahagi ng mister ni Chesca Garcia sa kanyang Instagram post kaninang umaga, Nobyembre 23.

Ngunit nilinaw ni Doug na nasa mabuting kalagayan na siya ngayon at posibleng makabalik sa PBA Commissioner’s Cup sa susunod na taon.

Ayon sa basketbolista, matagal na niyang nais ibahagi ang tungkol dito, ngunit ngayon lamang siya nabigyan ng pagkakataon.

Pahayag ni Doug sa kanyang post, "Been wanting to open up about it. And finally I can.

"Yes, Oct 10 I had a mild stroke after doing an exercise at home.

"I felt extreme dizziness and lost my balance. I never passed out or fainted.

"In fact I remember everything that happened clearly."

Namalagi raw siya sa ospital ng anim na araw.

Dagdag pa ng 33-year-old athlete, "I was thinking how could a healthy guy like me go through something like this at such an early age."

Sumailalim daw si Doug sa ilang tests upang makita ang kalagayan ng kanyang puso.

"After an important 2D ECHO checkup of the heart and a Transesophageal Echocardiogram, they did find a miniscule congenital (was born with it) hole in my heart and doctors concluded that it was the cause of the clot."

Gumagamit ang mga doktor ng catheter-based procedure upang maisara ang nasabing butas.

"We did the PFO closure to close the congenital hole on Friday Oct 14, and got discharged Oct 15.

"It's been almost six weeks and doctors allowed me to finally do some cardio through the bike and do light core work.

Pinayuhan daw ang mister ni Chesca na magpahinga ng tatlo hanggang anim na buwan bago bumalik sa propesyon.

Nang mangyari raw ito sa kanya, naisip agad ni Doug ang kanyang pamilya—ang asawang si Chesca at kanilang tatlong anak na sina Kendra, 7, Scarlett, 4, at Gavin, 3.

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Pag-amin pa niya, "I reflected and cried.

"Not because of what happened, but because I saw how God's favor was upon me and how He was possibly protecting me from something worse in the future."

Nagpapasalamat din siya sa tulong ng modernong teknolohiya.

"I'm so blessed that through modern technology and great doctors, I'm able to still play in the right time and most importantly to still enjoy every moment with my beautiful family."

Ngunit hindi pa raw tapos ang kanyang pakikipaglaban sa naturang stroke.

"I'm still not out of the woods, coz I still need to properly heal for the tissue to heal over my device in my heart.

"But.... as you can see through all my posts and updates, that I'm ok! Very ok!

"Doctors have said I've improved very fast and that I should expect the very best results."

Kung hindi niya ito sinabi ay posibleng walang makahalata sa kanyang pinagdaanan.

Sinabi rin ni Doug na nais niyang maging bahagi ng mandatory medical checkups para sa PBA players at iba pang mga atleta ang 2d Echo.

"With that test, you'll be able to see any enlargement or most complications in the heart.

"It can definitely save a person's life once you've found out early."

Dagdag pa niya, "I'm sure the PBA and our kind Commissioner [Chito] Salud has already made steps in making sure it will be part of our future annual medical checkups."

Post 1 of 2. Been wanting to open up about it. And finally I can. Yes, Oct 10 I had a mild stroke after doing an exercise at home. I felt extreme dizziness and lost my balance. I never passed out or fainted. In fact I remember everything that happened clearly. I was confined in the hospital for 6 days. After the results of the MRI were found, the cause of the mild stroke was the priority. I was thinking how could a healthy guy like me go through something like this at such an early age. After an important 2D ECHO checkup of the heart and a Transesophageal Echocardiogram, they did find a miniscule congenital (was born with it) hole in my heart and doctors concluded that it was the cause of the clot. I reflected and cried. Not because of what happened, but because I saw how God's favor was upon me and how He was possibly protecting me from something worse in the future. It was frustration then gratitude. Without a doubt, it was a blessing in disguise. We did the PFO closure to close the congenital hole on Friday Oct 14, and got discharged Oct 15. Type "PFO closure" in YouTube to see how the procedure is done. Doctors assessed that I should rest 3-6 months before playing full contact basketball again. It's been almost six weeks and doctors allowed me to finally do some cardio through the bike and do light core work. When all of this happened, I really thought of my family. How Chesca had to take care of me, and thinking Kendra, Scarlett and Gavin are still so young. I'm so blessed that through modern technology and great doctors, I'm able to still play in the right time and most importantly to still enjoy every moment with my beautiful family. I'm still not out of the woods, coz I still need to properly heal for the tissue to heal over my device in my heart. So pls keep me in your prayers. But.... as you can see through all my posts and updates, that I'm ok! Very ok! In fact, if I hadn't opened up about it, you'd probably think nothing happened. Doctors have said I've improved very fast and that I should expect the very best results. ????

A photo posted by Doug Kramer (@dougkramer44) on

Sa parte naman ni Chesca, nagbahagi siya ng isang makahulugang Biblical passage mula Proverbs 19: 21: "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand."

Kalakip nito ang makahulugang mensahe ng celebrity mom sa kanyang asawa.

Ani Chesca: "Live purposely so that whatever trials may come we can always use it for His glory. No wasted lesson, just stronger with our faith."

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