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HelloRyu_Siegel my name is Elizabeth. I have a 15 year-old son named Ryu. This is my son’s story.

In October of 2012, I noticed my son’s leg was changing color. His leg looked purple. I wasn’t sure why. I took him into an Urgent Care Center, where I told the doctor that it looked like he had a blood clot. She ordered an ultrasound of his leg.

We were in the ultrasound by noon that same day. They told us we had to take him to the Emergency Room (ER) – that he definitely had a blood clot. So, we got to the local hospital and they transferred him to Phoenix Children’s hospital where they discovered he had a clot from the back of his knee up to his hip. We didn’t know what we were going to do. I was scared I was going to lose him.

They ended up doing seven procedures to try to get the blood clot out. He was in the hospital for two weeks. The doctors discovered he had Factor V Leiden (a genetic clotting disorder) and also what is known as May-Thurner Syndrome (MTS). MTS is where a vein in the leg is compressed by an artery in the leg, which increases the risk of a DVT in the left leg. It was insane. They tried to flush out the clot and it came back. By the sixth procedure I was ready to say stop we’re going home, but we decided to do one more time. The doctors finally flushed out the clot they had to put a stent (a mess tube that keeps veins open) in place to prevent more clots because of the May- Thurner.

My son has been on blood thinners for a year now. It’s difficult for him to adjust to being on life long blood thinners. Never being able to ride roller coasters or play any sports has been hard for him. I also was told that my other two sons and I also have Factor V Leiden, but so far only one family member other then Ryu has had a clot.

Through it all my kiddo stayed positive.  He went through so much and now has to be on blood thinners for the rest of his life. Still, I am grateful for the Hematology Doctors and the staff at Phoenix Children’s because we could have lost my Child. So to all parents that have to deal with blood clot issues, I understand your pain and I hope this brings you comfort for everything my family went through.

Take Home Messages

  • Blood clots do happen to healthy teenagers; they do not discriminate.
  • Teenagers do get blood clots. Blood Clots can affect anyone at any age.
  • MTS is rare, but it can happen and people usually don’t know they have it until they get a DVT in their left leg.
  • Factor V Leiden is not rare, but people usually don’t know they have it until they get a DVT or PE (blood clot in the lung).
  • Blood clots are frightening experiences for the child and the parents.
  • If your child has a blood clot – DVT or PE – seek support from other parents and read the stories on this website.
  • If a family member has Factor V Leiden, or another genetic clotting disorder you might want to consider getting tested to see if you have a genetic clotting disorder.
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5 Responses to "Ryu’s Blood Clot Story"

  1. WeBleed Mother Shares Son's Factor V Story | WeBleed Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

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    • Tiffany
      Tiffany Posted on November 25, 2015 at 9:01 am

      In your post u state ur son has factor V Leiden also what is known as May Thurners. This is NOT correct!!!! They are 2 different things!!! Factor V is a blood clotting disorder period, May Thurners is the iliac vena cava vein beening compressed/pinched off causing the lack of blood flow which then may cause DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS.

  2. Jeannette Robinson
    Jeannette Robinson Posted on June 2, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Help! My fifteen year old son is complaining of chest pains. He’s smart and b has been reading up. He thinks he has a blood clot. What should I do?? Take him to the ER? Please. I’m scared. I need help and advice right away!

    • SW
      SW Posted on June 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      Hello Jeannette. If your son is experiencing chest pains, please take him to the ER or call 911.

  3. Mary rasche
    Mary rasche Posted on September 9, 2016 at 7:51 am

    My daughter, age 18, 4ft 11inches 98 pounds, has been having severenough swelling in her leg and ankle for a while. I took her to a foot and ankle Dr who did mro to look for bone issues ect and said there was none. She has since started collage and sent me a frantic message with photo today. He leg Wes very severely swollen, had pins and needle feel and was numb like. What TERRIFIED ME is the photo, her left toe nails we are bluish purple almost blackish color. As tingling went away and numbness so did the blue black color and the returned to normal. I AM SO AFRAID. NO I AM PETRIFIED OF WHAT II GOT BE
    does anyone have advise as to what could be causing it or what it could be. Thanks in advance maryjo