Jerry Falwell, Jr., announced on Instagram that he’s been in and out of the hospital four times over the past seven months for pulmonary emboli—blockages in the arteries of the lungs, which can be life-threatening.
“Students at LU have asked why I’ve been so ‘absent’ from LU,” Falwell wrote. “Well now you know it’s because my blood oxygen saturation has been between 77 and 92 since August (normal is 96-99). I didn’t even have the strength to go on TV to refutes lies in the press.”
Falwell disclosed that he spent last week in New York University (NYU) Langone Health, one of the nation’s premiere academic medical centers in the heart of Manhattan. He added that the “world renown experts at NYU found the problem and prescribed blood thinners that should dissolve the clots in weeks of months.”
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Falwell also posted on Instagram that he attended the first home game for Liberty Men’s Lacrosse on Saturday.
Falwell resigned from Liberty in August and days later announced that the university would give him a $10.5 million severance package, despite Falwell’s alleged wrongdoing.
In September, Falwell reportedly told a news reporter that he’s in “constant communication with University leadership and is assisting in running the University.” Liberty General Counsel David M. Corry sent a letter to staff in response, instructing them not to take “direction or orders about the University from Falwell” or do “favors” for him. Corry stated that all advice or information needed by Liberty from Falwell must come through Interim President Jerry Prevo.
In October, Jerry Falwell, Jr., filed a lawsuit against Liberty for alleged defamation. Falwell has since dropped that lawsuit, though he said he is continuing “to keep all options on the table for an appropriate resolution to the matter.”
In November, Falwell posted a picture on Instagram of the university’s new, $65 million, 125,000-square-foot Liberty Arena. Falwell said he “enjoyed touring the new basketball arena and tunnel,” which did not open to the public until December 2020.