Chiefs’ BJ Thompson Recovering After Suffering Seizure And Cardiac Arrest During Team Meeting

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman BJ Thompson is now “awake and alert” after experiencing a harrowing medical emergency on Thursday. According to his agent, Chris Turnage, the 25-year-old athlete suffered a seizure during a special teams meeting and subsequently went into cardiac arrest.

Thompson’s teammates and staff members sprang into action, providing emergency care that included the use of a defibrillator to restart his heart. Rick Burkholder, the Chiefs’ vice president of sports medicine and performance, praised the swift response of those present, noting that Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker immediately alerted the team’s athletic training staff when Thompson began seizing.

A medical office located just down the hall from the incident allowed a doctor to quickly assist in stabilizing Thompson and providing CPR. Burkholder revealed that the player was in cardiac arrest for less than a minute and a half before being revived with a single shock from an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Following the emergency, Thompson was transported to the University of Kansas Health System, where he was heavily sedated and placed on a ventilator overnight to aid his breathing. On Friday morning, he was brought out of sedation and is now on the path to recovery.

Head Coach Andy Reid acknowledged the difficult nature of the situation but expressed gratitude for the team’s support unit and their preparedness to handle such emergencies. The NFL mandates that teams practice emergency action plans several times a year, a requirement that undoubtedly played a role in the quick and effective response to Thompson’s crisis.

As a result of the incident, all team activities were canceled on Thursday, with Reid offering support to those who needed it. Teammates, such as defensive end George Karlaftis, expressed their concern and hopes for Thompson’s speedy recovery.

Thompson, a 2023 fifth-round pick, appeared in one game during his rookie season. The Chiefs organization and fans alike are now rallying around the young player as he recovers from this frightening ordeal.