D.J. Hayden Update
Nov. 8, 2012
Houston football player D.J. Hayden was transported by ambulance from the University of Houston football practice facility to Memorial Hermann Hospital on Tuesday afternoon for evaluation of an injury sustained from a collision in practice.
Walter Lowe, M.D., University of Houston Head Team Physician, confirmed Thursday that Hayden 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. Lowe described the injury as very serious and life threatening while commending the coordinated response from the University of Houston Athletics Training Staff, EMS paramedics and the trauma staff at Memorial Hermann.
Hayden is currently alert and in stable yet critical condition in Memorial Hermann ICU unit.
The University of Houston Athletics Department will release further updates on Hayden as they become available.
Fans wishing to send well-wishes to Hayden are encouraged to do so at http://www.facebook.com/houstonathletics or via e-mail at UHCougarsdotcom@gmail.com.
Statement from Walter Lowe, M.D., University of Houston Head Team Physician
Statement from Tony Levine, University of Houston Head Football Coach