Jackson State football head coach Deion Sanders has been going through medical hell as he revealed this week that he had to have the big toe and second toe on his left foot amputated after he developed three femoral arterial blood clots and required surgery.
In an upcoming episode of the series “Coach Prime,” Sanders finally gives everyone a look at what that leg looks like.
According to Scooby Axson of USA Today, Sanders’ blood clots began in his calf but “ran the entire length of his leg and he developed compartment syndrome, which involves muscle pressure reaching levels that can limit the flow of blood and oxygen.”
Sanders’ mother told him she and other members of her family had been diagnosed with blood clots in the past and that it had resulted in multiple deaths.
“They were first talking about the amputation of toes, then the amputation of my leg from knee down, and then they were trying to ensure that I had life.” Sanders said. “… It’s been a long journey. I am on the road back. But I am here and I am thankful.”
Aside from losing 2 toes, he also dropped 35 pounds. This health ailment is also why Sanders had to miss some time with Jackso State during this past season.
Jackson State finished the 2021 season with an 11-2 record overall.
Hopefully, his health is trending upwards.