Jon Dorenbos spent 11 seasons as a Philadelphia Eagle. In August of 2017, he was traded to the Saints for a 2019 seventh-round pick. While many Eagles fans were upset with the trade, it just may have saved his life.
A follow-up physical by Saints medical staff revealed an aortic aneurysm for which Dorenbos needed to undergo open-heart surgery. Head Coach Sean Payton gave the credit to Saints physician John Amoss. The coach said that Amoss's analysis of Dorenbos's exams "basically saved his life." *
"Dr. Amoss is the one that discovered it, and basically saved his life with the findings," Payton said. "He's had further tests and evaluations, and we met twice yesterday. Certainly, news like this is a big alert for him."
Dorenbos has since been placed in the non-football injury (NFI) list.
An aortic aneurysm is an enlargement of the aorta, the main artery that supplies the majority of the blood leaving your heart to the whole body. In this instance, the aorta's wall weakens and expands, much like a damaged garden hose right before it ruptures. It's known as a silent killer because there are virtually no external symptoms.
Dorenbos was scheduled for open-heart surgery, and it was a success. Just six weeks post-operation, he had his first public interview on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
Sadly, Dorenbos can no longer play football. However, he still has a very positive outlook. He and his wife even adopted a Goldendoodle dog and named him Saint because of the trade that saved his life.
Every year, nearly 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States. That equates to one in every four deaths. Without preventive screenings, many more people, including Jon Dorenbos, could have died. Unfortunately, if more people were to participate in preventive health screenings, more lives could be potentially saved. Whether it's heart disease screening, cardiovascular screening, cholesterol screening, or cancer screenings, these medical procedures just might save your life. Regardless of your risk, you can receive a screening. Doing so can potentially help you discover a problem before it's too late.
*Life Line Screening’s tests could not have uncovered this specific type of aneurysm.