Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey is in hospice care after being identified with coronavirus, family members mentioned.
Dempsey, who as soon as held the NFL report for booting a area objective 63 yards when he performed with the Saints, started receiving hospice care Wednesday after contracting the virus final month throughout an outbreak at a senior dwelling middle the place he lives in New Orleans, his daughter advised NOLA.com.
Dempsey, 73, was identified with COVID-19 on March 26. He then began medicine on the Lambeth Home senior dwelling middle that lower his fever by early Tuesday, however the 11-year NFL vet’s oxygen ranges began to drop by Wednesday morning, alongside with a diminished urge for food, his daughter mentioned.
“We thought we had been out of the woods with the fever,” Ashley Dempsey advised NOLA.com. “It was wishful considering.”
Dempsey, who has been beforehand identified with Alzheimer’s illness and dementia, was born with out toes on his proper foot or fingers on his proper hand. He has relied on video chats to speak with family members whereas on the senior middle the place greater than 50 residents have been contaminated with COVID-19 – and not less than 13 individuals have died, NOLA.com stories.
Ashley Dempsey introduced Monday that her father had contracted the virus, however mentioned his signs had been comparatively gentle, with Tylenol managing his fever, she added.
“His urge for food has been good,” she advised NOLA.com. “He’s doing OK.”
Dempsey spent 11 seasons in the NFL, beginning in New Orleans earlier than enjoying for the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo Payments.
His then-NFL-record 63-yard area objective in 1970 as time expired to elevate New Orleans over the Detroit Lions stood because the longest kick in league historical past till Denver’s Matt Prater bested it by one yard in December 2013.