Kaden Clymer, a junior lineman, had six feet of blood clots removed from his legs just days before football season began.
Clymer was expected to make an impact on the field this year, but his football career came to an abrupt end last month.
“It started on August 1st,” Kaden’s mother Maurine Clymer said.
“His dad took him to the emergency room after he was having severe pain in his back and legs.”
Teammate Tyson Rodriguez added “I was a bit confused because I didn’t really know what was happening. He just told me that he wasn’t feeling good.”
Clymer unexpectedly went to Toledo Children’s Hospital the night before the Wauseon Indians took to the field for their first Fall team practice.
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“Kaden Clymer, a junior lineman, had six feet of blood clots removed from his legs just days before the season kicked off.”https://t.co/50PPJ9h3nl
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Full of pain and uncertainty, Clymer received word that he had blood clots in his legs.
“I was really sad. I was crying and upset because I’ve played football my whole life and I just wanted to play with my friends,” the junior lineman said.
Six feet of blood clots were removed and because of the blood thinners he now has to take, Clymer’s football career is over.
“Was just getting ready to start practice, we were really looking forward to seeing him on Friday nights,” his mother said.
Following nine days in the hospital, Clymer returned to the team despite barely being able to walk.
“I’m really happy to be able to spend time with my friends,” Kaden said. “It means a lot to me to be able to be back on the field and have fun with them.”
Rodriguez added “It was weird not seeing him, but it’s good that he’s back. He’s our guy, so it’s nice seeing him here.”
A life-changing experience that has proven the toughness of this young man.
“I’m very strong and well-minded because it took a lot of effort to be able to stay in the hospital for nine days straight,” Clymer said. “Eat the hospital food and go through all those procedures, it really sucked.”