Former Eagles longsnapper and Philadelphia fan favorite Jon Dorenbos shared an emotional post to his Instagram account on Thursday night roughly one month after he underwent heart surgery.
It was his trade from the Eagles to the New Orleans Saints that helped their team physician, Dr. John Amoss, discover that Dorenbos had an aortic aneurysm.
The Magic Man appears to be doing well and shared the heartfelt message thanking his wife who has been by his side, the nurses who took care of him, and his doctor who performed the surgery:
One month ago today I underwent emergency open heart surgery. My wife never left my side. She held my hand every step of the way. Life is crazy. One min I was a professional athlete, the next min I was fighting for my life. The video in this collage shows how the simplest things in life we sometimes take for granted. May we all be thankful for the beautiful people and world that surround us every day. To the UPENN Cardiac Care Nurses (Silver10) you all are #Saints - thank you! You make this world a better place. #SpecialPeople - Dr Bavaria, whom performed my surgery, I love you man!! You are a genius. You are an artist. You are a savant. Thank you for making valve replacement and aortic aneurysms your thing!! You are the best in the world for a reason. This world is a better place with you in it #ImAlive #goodDay
The video in the post shows Dorenbos taking a shower for what appears like the first time since surgery. He's clearly emotional about simply being alive but still has his wonderful sense of humor.
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