June 24, 2024

Harrison Butker was commended by the Kansas City Chiefs for his prompt measures in saving his teammate BJ Thompson when the latter started having seizures.
Officials said on Friday that the kicker received credit for being the one to notify athletic trainers about his colleague who was being grabbed. The event occurred on Thursday morning at a special team meeting at its practice facility.

“With BJ, when he had this seizure, Butker immediately ran towards the training room and grabbed Julie Frymyer and David Glover, and then grabbed me,” the team’s vice president of sports medicine and performance, Rick Burkholder, told the media on Friday.

Before going into cardiac arrest, the 25-year-old defensive end was put on the ground by team trainers and medical professionals in an attempt to stabilize him. Before he “came back,” they performed CPR and one automated external defibrillator (AED) shock.

“He was only in cardiac arrest for less than a minute, a minute-and-a-half. Our players, our security staff, everybody involved, coaching staff, they were phenomenal in handling the crisis,” Mr. Burkholder said.

Mr. Thompson was taken to Kansas University Hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator overnight. He was brought out of sedation on Friday morning and is now alert, awake, and “headed in the right direction,” the Chiefs trainer revealed.

The team celebrated the news of the positive prognosis on social media.

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