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Format: 04/20/2014
Format: 04/20/2014


KDKA-TV: Journalist's widow talks DVT prevention at West Penn

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Melanie Bloom is the widow of journalist David Bloom who died of Deep Vein Thrombosis in 2003.

Deep Vein Thrombosis is the number one cause of preventable hospital deaths in our nation.

It claimed the life of prominent journalist David Bloom back in 2003.

Today, Bloom's widow, Melanie, was at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, talking about the "silent killer" that claimed her husband's life.

Bloom was covering the war in Iraq for NBC News when he died suddenly in 2003.

He was spending countless hours each day in an M-88 tank dubbed the "Bloom-Mobile."

But, during those long hours in a cramped space, Bloom developed a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, in his leg that traveled to his lungs and became fatal.

"When I got that horrible call in the middle of the night that David had passed away, I thought this must be some weird, freak thing," Melanie Bloom said in Pittsburgh today. "But I learned that more people die from this in our nation than from AIDS and breast cancer combined."

To read more or see the video, visit the KDKA-TV web site.

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