A former professional football player is currently in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain aneurysm. The ex-linebacker of the Oakland Raiders, Neiron Ball, reportedly isn’t responding well to the medical procedure. He is only 26 years old.
Oakland requested prayers from fans as the public awaits an update regarding his condition. On social media, the organization released an official statement.
“The Raiders ask that Neiron Ball and his family are kept in the thoughts and prayers of the Raider Nation during this difficult time,” the team said in a statement. “Ball is currently in a medically induced coma after suffering a brain aneurysm on Sept. 16.”
The announcement was initially made by the Butts County School District in Georgia, where Ball’s alumni school is located. According to ESPN, Ball was previously diagnosed with a condition called arteriovenous malformation (AVM), in which “the brain's blood vessels get tangled and rupture.” This is a very rare condition that affects less than 1% of the population, stated USA Today.
Fans and others in the sports industry sent their warm thoughts and prayers to Ball via social media. See some of their encouraging words below:
Please join us in prayer for Ball during this time. May God bring wisdom to the doctors and healing to Ball's body.
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