If not for Giants trainer Justin Maher, Logan Ryan’s wife Ashley may have lost her life. Without his sound advice, and the Giants safety convincing her not to take an unnecessary risk, who knows what would’ve happened.
“Quite possibly,” she wrote in a post on Instagram, Maher prevented a tragic death.
Ashley shared the details of her ordeal Thursday, the day after Ryan publicly told their story, and expressed his gratitude for Maher and Giants coach Joe Judge offering to let him travel to Florida to be with her.
Following the Giants’ loss to the Buccaneers on Monday night, Ryan was text-messaging with his wife, who was in Florida, where she is registered to vote. She was feeling “excruciating abdominal pain,” but hoping it would pass. Ryan reached out to Maher, who suggested she go to the emergency room.
It was there she was diagnosed with an ectopic pregnancy, her husband said. It’s a condition that is caused by a fertilized egg growing outside of a woman’s uterus and can lead to life-threatening bleeding.
Ashley underwent blood work that showed she was pregnant, which came as a surprise because she had an intrauterine device (IUD). She called Logan with the news as it sunk in they would be parents again.
“About an hour later, the lightness dimmed as I noticed my ultrasound tech was very quiet and my pain was getting worse,” Ashley wrote. “The pregnancy was ectopic and had implanted in my fallopian tube. The pregnancy was not viable and we learned that the tube had ruptured. I had to have emergency surgery at 9 am [Wednesday] morning to remove the ectopic pregnancy and stop the internal bleeding.
“The pain was unbearable. The emotions that followed were unbearable. I am still sorting through most of this in my own head. Why was I that 1 % [that got pregnant despite having an IUD], what does this mean for the future, how that trainer quite possibly saved my life. How I asked my sister to come on this trip with me with 2 days notice. I was supposed to be alone. How that could have been baby ‘Ozzy,’ a name I’ve always had picked out for the third child I never planned to have.”
Maher, a New Jersey native who attended Montclair State University, declined to comment. He has been with the Giants since 2010. His title is physical therapist/assistant athletic trainer.
Judge had told the 29-year-old Logan, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots, that if he needed to fly to Florida not to worry about football. He ended up staying in New Jersey, but appreciated the offer.
“I think you have to keep things in perspective. There are some things that a guy may come to you and you may say, ‘Hey we can’t miss practice or a game for that,’ and there are some things that are real-life critical,” Judge said. “You got to have a relationship with your players that you understand what makes them tick, and they have to have a relationship with you to understand you have their best interest at heart.
“There comes a point where you got to keep in perspective that your job — no matter what the profession is — is your job and your family is your family, and you have to take care of your family first. I’ve known Logan for some time. He’s a tremendous family man. But for any player in our locker room that has a similar situation, it’s always going to be, put your family first.”
Ryan’s family is OK, fortunately, though they received a huge scare.
“The rollercoaster of 2020 continues,” Ashley wrote. “I’ve got to believe that there is a reason behind our tragedy and hardship, even if we don’t know exactly what that is.”
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