Jerry Falwell Jr. canceled a graduation party he was expected to host for Liberty graduates on Saturday due to blood clots. The former Liberty University President recently said in a statement, “We regrettably must cancel the picnic this weekend.”
The bout of symptoms resulted from respiratory emboli that were first diagnosed in 2020. In March, he spent time at NYU hospital receiving treatment for blood clots in his lungs and was given blood thinners. Pulmonary embolism is when there is a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. The condition is a common and serious condition impacting people 60-years-old and older.
“I was admitted to the hospital for a series of tests to address my labored breathing and other effects of the emboli. As a result, we regrettably must cancel the picnic this weekend. This is a major disappointment to us since we wanted to celebrate the success of the graduating students and show them our appreciation. To them, our entire family extends our sincere congratulations and fond farewell.”
He also addressed students on Instagram. “Students at LU have asked why I’ve been so “absent” from LU. Well now you know it’s because my blood oxygen saturation has been between 77 and 92 since August (normal is 96-99).”
The embattled Falwell resigned last year from Liberty after posting a racy picture on Instagram with his pants unbuttoned for a Trailer Park Boys-themed party. “Lots of good friends visited us on the yacht. I promise that’s just black water in my glass,” it read.
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—By CNJ Staff