In an interview with Today correspondent Natalie Morales, pop singer Sean Kingston revealed that the injuries he sustained in a jet ski accident in May almost killed him-twice! As we reported on May 31st, Kingston’s initial injuries included a broken jaw, fractured wrist and water in his lungs. Eleven days later, just as he was about the leave the hospital, Kingston had a searing pain in his chest. Doctors diagnosed a torn aorta and took him immediately for open heart surgery to repair it. The “Beautiful Girls ” singer is now home from the hospital and feeling good. He’s lost 70 pounds, and is living a much healthier lifestyle. He says he feels “blessed” that he is still alive because “his work is not yet.”
The aorta is the main blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body. In aortic dissection, damage to the innermost lining of the aorta allows blood to dissect its way into the middle layer. Over time, the wall of the blood vessel can balloon out. This weakens the wall of the aorta, and if it reaches a critical point, the wall can rupture, leading to sudden death.
For more information about aortic dissection, click here to go to the Resounding Health Casebook on the topic.
Here is the full interview with Natalie Morales: