Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden remains
hospitalized in "stable yet critical condition" after suffering an injury that
is considered 95 percent fatal.
Hayden was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday afternoon for
evaluation of an injury sustained from a collision with a teammate in
He required immediate surgery 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.
"This injury has never been seen or reported in association with a football
injury and is more associated with high speed motor vehicle injuries," team
physician Dr. Walter Lowe said in a statement Thursday. "The type of injury
D.J. had is 95 percent fatal in the field and we are all very thankful for the
coordinate response from the University of Houston trainers, EMS paramedics,
the trauma team at Memorial Hermann and operating surgeon Dr. John Holcomb."
Hayden has four interceptions this season for the 4-5 Cougars.
"D.J. is a tremendous young man and has been a great asset to our program,
both on and off the field," Houston coach Tony Levine said in a statement. "I
ask that everyone continue to keep D.J. and his family in their thoughts and
prayers. We are very fortunate to have some of the nation's top physicians and
medical facilities just minutes away from our campus and I would like to
extend our appreciation for their efforts on Tuesday evening. We thank you for
respecting the privacy of D.J. and his family at this time. We look forward to
supporting D.J. on his road to recovery."
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