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Last November, Houston cornerback DJ Hayden tore a vein near his heart in practice and had to be rushed to the hospital.
It was a freak injury on a routine collision.
A teammate's helmet slammed into Hayden's chest. He didn't have any visible injuries, KHOU reports, but the main vein that pumps blood to his lower body was ruptured.
According to team physician Walter Lowe, 95% of people who have that injury die before they get to medical care, and it's typically seen in car crashes and battlefields, not football fields..
Lowe called it a "miracle" that Hayden survived.
Yeah he did, although he seems to be doing well now. Probably the only reason he is still alive, is because there was a cardiac specialists in the stands, who talked his way onto the pitch to help...
I just don't understand the reluctance to go with a cap liner
In rec league softball, I'd stop. In Little League, ump should rule the play dead. In MLB, Jennings should run until the play is over. I guess I would consider a rule that the ump could signal dead ball if he felt medical care was immediately needed, but we're talking 2-3 seconds, usually.
Was Coolbaugh distracted or something in this particular incident? If a first base coach is in danger, then so is a first baseman, a runner on 1st (they have helmets already, I know), the first base umpire.
At a ballgame in the Astrodome in the late 90's I did see a fan get seriously hurt in a fall down a flight of stadium steps.
Teeny quibble with #56. Christie had two primary innovations. The suspension system and sloping armor. Both date back to Christie designs in the 20s.
The umpire who is most at risk is the 2nd base umpire on plays where he is positioned in front of the bag (runner on first I think is the scenario for that). That is a guy pretty close to the batter. The 1st and 3rd base umps are a pretty good distance away.
His heart was stopped for 78 minutes. That is not a typo.
Had to wikipedia it because I couldn't believe you were correct. Holy guacamole, you were. That guy experienced a legitimate medical miracle: no heartbeat for 78 minutes...and leads a normal life today.
There may not have been any blood, but I'll go with Fabrice Muamba. They treated him for ages on the pitch, including using a defibrillator, and when they eventually carried him off there wasn't a single movement. Everybody thought he was dead. His heart was stopped for 78 minutes. That is not a typo
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