Bishop's football player in coma

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:56 PM ET

SHERBROOKE, Que. -- A defensive end on the Bishop's University football team is in a coma Monday after receiving a violent blow to the head during a game against Concordia University.

Kevin Kwasny of Winnipeg was diagnosed with a brain hemorrhage Saturday following the Gaiters' 25-18 home loss to the Stingers.

Kwasny, a 6-foot-1, 230-pound social sciences student, left the game in the first half with no apparent problems.

But he complained of severe nausea at halftime and was taken from the campus field in Lennoxville, Que., to a hospital in nearby Sherbrooke, 120 km east of Montreal.

His condition was listed as stable.

Doctors will have to wait until swelling subsides before they can determine if Kwasny has suffered permanent brain damage.

"There has been no change since Kevin was admitted to hospital," Bishop's spokesman John Edwards told QMI Agency.

"The next 24 hours will be critical to his health. All we can do for him now is pray."

Edwards says it's not clear exactly when Kwasny was hurt.

Kwasny's parents flew to Quebec from Winnipeg on Sunday evening and have been at his bedside since then.

A team meeting was held Sunday to tell Gaiters players about their teammate's condition.

Kwasny was in his fourth season at Bishop's, a small undergraduate university of 2,000 students in Quebec's Eastern townships.


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