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Meredith Vieira's Husband Richard Cohen Discusses Life with Multiple Sclerosis

Handling a medical emergency

In April of 2014, Cohen had a swollen foot and after going to the hospital, it was discovered that he had a blood clot. “A CT scan indicated a piece of the clot had broken off and reached my lungs, perched on a blood vessel close to my heart. This was dangerous,” he wrote. Doctors put him on blood thinners and told him that it was a ‘touch and go’ situation. “Twenty-four long hours later, what they called an ‘umbrella’ was passed through a vein in my leg to the abdominal cavity. The umbrella was opened and provided a net to catch any future clots. Within days, the blood thinner had stopped the clot in my chest. The crisis seemed to end, and a new phase had begun. There’s a lot to figure out for the future,” he wrote.