According to Onward State, Penn State safety Ryan Keiser is in critical condition at the Hershey Medical Center’s Surgical Intensive Care unit. This was confirmed by a family member, who is asking for prayers.
Keiser is suffering from sepsis, an infection that resulted from his injury in practice on Thursday, which head coach James Franklin described as “freaky”. He broke a rib, which in turn led to a torn bowel, internal bleeding, and pulmonary edema, requiring two surgeries. Sepsis can be caused by leakage of bowel contents into the abdominal cavity, and is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate and intensive attention.
Keiser’s aunt posted this message on Facebook yesterday:
Please pray for my Nephew Ryan Keiser. He was injured Thursday during Penn State football practice. A fractured rib. However, he was in dire pain and rushed to Hershey Medical Hospital and when they opened him up he had torn bowels and Sepsis and was in Intensive Care until this morning when they scheduled another operation this morning at 7:30 and is still in surgery as I am writing this. I pray that God will heal his body and wish for all those at Church to pray for God to guide the surgeons. Thank you so much.
Our thoughts and hopes for a complete and uncomplicated recovery are with the Keiser family.
UPDATED 4:45 PM: At his Tuesday presser, James Franklin stated, “There is no infection. I just want to make sure we’re clear.”