A very frightening moment has made headlines over the last 24 hours, as Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the Stars' bench during last night's game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
With only 6:23 played in the first period, Peverely collapsed due to a heart problem and was quickly carried down the Stars tunnel to the locker room. Within minutes, team doctors helped Peverley regain consciousness and escorted him to the nearest hospital. Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals treated the 31-year-old Peverley.
"We treated Peverley for a cardiac event successfully," said Dr.Salazar. "We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring. As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was."
Later on last night, the NHL released a statement regarding Peverley and the game, which was postponed.
"Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans."
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