The sports world is worried about Kim Pegula after a recent story for The Players Tribune detailed tennis star Jessica Pegula providing an update on her mother’s health.
Last year, Kim Pegula was said to be dealing with a “health issue.” It turns out she went into cardiac arrest. Jessica Pegula’s sister performed CPR on their mother to keep her alive.
“In June 2022, I had just flown back to Florida from the French Open. I made the quarterfinals in singles and the finals in doubles. It was an amazing two weeks full of a lot of positives, including cracking the Top 10 in the world,” Pegula wrote. “A few days after I got home, I got a call around midnight (on my mom’s birthday) from my sister Kelly who was staying at my parents’ house. Something was wrong with our mom, and she was headed to the hospital in an ambulance. My mom was asleep when my dad woke up to her going into cardiac arrest and she was unresponsive for quite a while. My sister gave her CPR until the ambulance arrived. She saved her life. Even though she doesn’t like to take credit for this terrible situation, she absolutely saved her life, followed by the critical job performed by the paramedics who arrived and were able to restore a heartbeat.”
Jessica states that Kim will never be able to go back to her old role of being a hands-on owner for the Bills and Sabres.
Jessica, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, also pointed to the similarities between her mother’s medical emergency and the one that Damar Hamlin suffered during a game between the Bills and the Bengals. Hamlin, who also went into cardiac arrest, was hospitalized for more than a week but was discharged and is now recovering at home.
Here’s how the sports world responded: