Crenshaw still recovering after blood clot

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By Stevie L. Daugherty

Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was still recovering in Norton's Hospital in Louisville as of press time after suffering a pulmonary embolism recently.

The pulmonary embolism, which is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, was more than likely a result of knee surgery Crenshaw had recently.

According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, a pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels to the lung from a vein in the leg. It is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to part of the lungs from lack of blood flow to lung tissue, low oxygen levels in the blood, damage to other organs in the body from not getting enough oxygen or death.

According to Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas, doctors put a filter in Crenshaw's leg to stop any clots from moving up into his lungs. The clot that is close to his lungs was treated with a "clot busting drug" with some success, Thomas said.

Crenshaw is also taking blood thinner medication to help dissolve any clots, Thomas said. Crenshaw will likely remain in the hospital for a few more days because doctors must adjust his blood thinner medication before they will allow him to return home, according to Thomas.

"I spoke to him last evening (Sunday) and he feels great," Thomas said. "He's doing some walking to gain strength back."

Crenshaw has been out of intensive care since Friday evening.

Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray is acting mayor in Crenshaw's absence.