Ex-Florida and Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball, 27, died of a rare brain disorder – one year after being placed in a medically induced coma
- Former Florida and Oakland Raiders player Neiron Ball died a year after suffering from a brain aneurysm and being placed in a medically induced coma
- The van Ball family confirmed Tuesday's 27-year death: & # 39; Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother, and teammate & # 39;
- A sterlinebacker in Florida, Ball was diagnosed with cerebral arteriovenous malformation – a condition that can cause blood vessels in the brain to rupture
- Ball suffered a brain aneurysm in September 2018 and was placed in a coma
Former footballer Neiron Ball from the University of Florida and Oakland Raiders died nearly a year after suffering from a brain aneurysm and being placed in a medically induced coma.
Ball & # 39; s family confirmed his death on Tuesday. He was 27.
& # 39; We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Neiron Ball on September 10, 2019 at 4:15 am & # 39 ;, Ball's sister, Natalie Ball Myricks, wrote in a Facebook post. & # 39; The Ball family is always grateful for the prayers, donations and the tremendous support of Neiron and his recovery. Neiron was a very special and loving father, brother and teammate. Neiron has moved to a place of peace. & # 39;
Ex-Florida and Oakland Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball (right) died after fighting a rare brain disorder a year after being placed in a medically induced coma
Neiron Ball briefly played with the Oakland Raiders in 2015, but later suffered from a brain aneurysm and was placed in a medically induced coma in September 2018. According to his family, he died on Tuesday. Ball was 27 years old.
A star outside of linebacker in Florida between 2011 and 2014, Ball was diagnosed with brain arteriovenous malformation, a condition that can cause blood vessels to rupture in the brain.
He was hospitalized earlier after a collapse during training and later needed surgery to repair a brain haemorrhage.
Ball recovered and became a fifth-round draw in the 2015 NFL draft, but hit a knee injury as a knee and was placed on an injured reserve for the following season.
Then, last September, Ball had his brain aneurysm and never recovered.
According to TMZ, Sister Ball's sister said his health had been deteriorating for quite some time.
& # 39; Rest in Peace, Neiron, & # 39; read a tweet from the Gators account. & # 39; You will be remembered forever and always missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. & # 39;
WHAT ARE ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATIONS?
An arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a specific term used to describe a jumble of blood vessels with abnormal connections between arteries and veins.
High-pressure veins containing fast-flowing blood are directly connected to low-pressure veins, which normally only contain slow-flowing blood.
This means that blood from the blood vessels flows directly into the veins – without stopping to provide the normal tissues in that part of the body with essential substances such as oxygen and nutrition.
Over time this can cause the normal tissues to become painful or fragile.
It also means that the AVM increases over time as the amount of blood flowing through it increases, and it can cause problems due to its size.
Finally, it can also mean that the heart has to work harder to keep up with the extra blood flow.
Some doctors describe an AVM as & # 39; a ring road that bypasses the main street of a city & # 39 ;.
Traffic (or blood) will use the bypass instead of the main street that suffers.
AVM & # 39; s are thought to affect approximately 1.4 in every 100,000 people.
Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital
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