October 27, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive back D.J. Hayden (2) returns an interception for a touchdown during the second quarter against the Texas El Paso Miners at Robertson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars’ D.J. Hayden Making Major Progress In Recovery From Near-Fatal Injury


Houston Cougars defensive back  D.J. Hayden collided with a teammate at practice in early November and suffered a devastating injury. If it weren’t for the quick response from the team’s medical and training staff, Hayden’s injury would have likely been fatal.

Hayden tore the inferior vena cava, which is the major vein that carries blood from your heart to the lower half of your body.

The injury Hayden sustained carries a 95% fatality rate and is usually associated with high-speed vehicle accidents. Hayden is lucky to be here today.

What’s crazy for Hayden is that he is now on track to play football again next season.

Hayden has begun light workouts, just six weeks after the near-fatal injury.

“It definitely is one of the biggest days of my life,” Hayden told FOX26. “It meant a lot to me because I’ve been in the house watching everybody else work out and I’ve been itching to do something because I really can’t sit still.

“It meant that I’m healing and getting better.

“People remind me every day that I’m a miracle, I’m a miracle. I don’t feel like I’m a miracle. I’m just regular, silly D.J., but yea I do have some who believe I’m somewhat of a miracle. At the end of the day it happened, people can learn from it, get inspired by it and I’m here and we’re still breathing.”

 You have to be happy for the young man who has overcome such odds so quickly. It speaks volumes about the kind of human and hard-worker that Hayden is. With that determination, he can achieve whatever he set his mind to.

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