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Re: Houston Cougars 2012
Just read about the injury to D.J. Hayden...holy cow. He is lucky to be alive, according to the team physician. My thoughts go out to him and I hope he makes a full recovery.
Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden suffered an injury that "has never been seen or reported in association with a football injury" and has a 95 percent fatality rate, team physician Dr. Walter Lowe said Thursday.
In a statement released by UH, Lowe confirmed that Hayden required immediate surgery Tuesday night for a tear of the inferior vena cava, the large vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart.
Lowe described the injury as "very serious and life threatening."
Hayden is alert but remains in stable but critical condition in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital, the school said.
The Houston Chronicle reported the severity of Hayden's condition Wednesday.
"This injury has never been seen or reported in association with a football injury and is more associated with high-speed motor vehicle," Lowe said.
Lowe credited the quick action of the UH training staff, EMS paramedics and the trauma staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital, including operating surgeon Dr. John Holcomb.
Hayden was rushed by ambulance to Memorial Hermann on Tuesday afternoon after being involved in a collision with a teammate in practice.
Coach Tony Levine said the injury will sideline Hayden, a senior from Elkins, for the remainder of the season.
"D.J. is a tremendous young man and has been a great asset to our program, both on and off the field," Levine said in a statement. "I ask that everyone continue to keep D.J. and his family in their thoughts and prayers.
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