Cyclones announce Burkhall will miss Costa Rica games following blood clot surgery


By Garrett Kroeger/Iowa State Daily [email protected]

Meredith Burkhall drives to the hoop for a lay up in Iowa State’s 99-58 win over North Carolina Central. Burkhall scored 19 points.

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Iowa State women’s basketball senior forward Meredith Burkhall suffered a medical scare this summer and because of that, she will not be able to participate in the teams’ preseason games in Costa Rica, the school announced on Wednesday morning.

A blog post on Cyclone Sidebar shared by the team’s Twitter account explained what happened to Burkhall in detail. 

According to the post, Burkhall returned home to Urbandale in May for a break after the spring semester but found herself unable to walk one morning.

The Urbandale native was first driven to the chiropractor, but after realizing the severity of the issue she was taken to the emergency room.

After conducting tests, the doctors discovered the issue was a massive blood clot in her leg and Burkhall had to undergo emergency surgery.

The process of removing the blood clots was a long one, and Burkhall laid in the hospital for four days while the doctors removed the blood clots.

After the surgeries, Burkhall spent time in the ICU and was having trouble walking around the room.

At the hospital, the doctors initially weren’t able to pinpoint the cause of the clot, and as a result of the severity of the issue, she had to be put on blood thinners for three months.

As the news was announced Wednesday morning, many Cyclone players and coaches offered support.

She is not cleared to play in Costa Rica, but The Cyclones said she is able to travel with the team. Burkhall hopes to make a full recovery in time for the regular season.

Due to the clot and her subsequent long recovery, Burkhall is required to wear compression leggings on flights and in workouts to help with blood flow, according to Cyclone Sidebar.

Burkhall appeared in all 31 of Iowa State’s games during the 2017-18 season, averaging 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per contest.