With just days before the NFL Draft, former University of Houston Cougars cornerback D.J. Hayden, who is projected to be selected in the first round, thanked the first responders who saved his life after an injury he suffered during practice.
Hayden, joined by his mother Tori, visited Houston Fire Department Station 18 in southeast Houston on Tuesday afternoon.
The firefighters from Station 18 and Station 25 arrived to the Cougars' practice field when Hayden was critically injured during a November 2012 practice session.
The university released a video on Tuesday that showed the impact that caused Hayden's injury.
The traumatic injury that Hayden suffered left his inferior vena cava severed. UH staff contacted 911 when the injury took place, which prompted the response from HFD emergency medical services. Hayden was having trouble breathing and went into shock as a result of the injury.
When the HFD emergency crews determined that Hayden was bleeding internally, they brought him to a Level 1 trauma center where he surgeons operated on him immediately to give him the greatest chance to survive.
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