Warner Sep 30, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; Footballs with the college football playoff logo sit on the field during warmups prior to the game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A Jackson State football player went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning and is now in stable, but critical condition, his family announced. In a series of tweets, Kaseem Vauls’ father, William, said that his son arrived at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Tuesday night suffering from stomach pains before suffering a cardiac arrest the following morning.

Speaking with The Clarion-Ledger, William said that his son had been feeling under the weather for a couple of weeks. He told his son to go to the emergency room, but Kaseem participated in activities with the football team, despite dealing with stomach pains. William said his son did not inform coaches or trainers at Jackson State about any physical ailments.

“What the doctors think happened,” William Vauls said. “that when Kaseem’s heart was failing, that what was giving him the stomach pains. His liver was suffering as fluid built up with toxins in his liver, kidneys and blood. All those toxins built up in his blood stream and his heart could not operate properly and the machine is being used to clean out the blood and toxins.”

William said that a cardiologist informed him his son’s heart was functioning at 10-15%.

William offered the latest update via Kaseem’s Twitter page on Thursday morning. Willaim indicated that the emergency procedure Kaseem underwent went well, but his son was still heavily sedated. His son’s doctors informed William that he is progressing, but is still in stable condition.

William last tweeted an update from his son’s Twitter page on Thursday night, thanking many of those for the support. He told The Clarion-Ledger that the Jackson State football team put him up in a hotel for five nights and that he and his family are grateful for the support.

A former three-star recruit out of Columbia, South Carolina, Kaseem has yet to appear in a game for Jackson State. He redshirted at Alabama A&M during his freshman season before moving to Jackson State.

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