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WNBA star Griner to arrive in San Antonio for medical evaluation

Griner is probably going to endure an intensive well being evaluation at Brooke Army Medical Center.

SAN ANTONIO — WNBA star Brittney Griner is free after spending 9 months in Russian detention on drug fees.

The Biden administration introduced Thursday morning that Griner was launched in change for Russian arms supplier Viktor Bout. KENS 5 has realized Griner was on her means to San Antonio on Thursday night.

Government sources say it’s potential she is going to arrive at Kelly Field after 11 p.m. Thursday. 

From there, she could be anticipated to be taken to Brooke Army Medical Center, the place she’ll endure an intensive well being evaluation.

For somebody who’s returned from abroad imprisonment, navy hospitals like Brooke Army Medical Center are a spot to concentrate on bodily and psychological well being, in accordance to Dr. Ralph Riviello, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Health San Antonio and head of the University Health Emergency Dept. 

The fast checks contain docs checking for points like anemia, electrolyte imbalances and infections, Riviello mentioned. Physicians additionally will determine any accidents that will have been sustained earlier than or throughout incarceration that had been undertreated.

Then, inside a pair days, Riviello mentioned a extra in-depth evaluation would almost certainly happen.  

“(They would seek) more details about what happened to them during their incarceration and what they may have endured. Was there any physical violence? Was there any torture? Was there psychological torture or manipulation? Probably this would be a multi-disciplinary team,” he mentioned.

In April, former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed acquired medical therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center. The Biden administration exchanged a convicted drug smuggler for Reed, who had been in Russian detention for almost three years.  

Debbie Jackson is amongst these excited and grateful for Griner’s return. She watched Griner develop as an individual and athlete whereas teaching basketball at Nimitz High School for 4 years. 

Jackson realized about Griner’s launch when a reporter referred to as her at 7 a.m.

She mentioned she will’t think about the psychological trauma Griner might have endured whereas in Russian captivity. 

“I’d give her the largest bear hug I may and inform her how a lot I lover her, how glad we’re she’s again. I’m so grateful she’s residence for Christmas,” Jackson mentioned.  

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