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A Black Lives Matter protester who was hit by a falling statue in Virginia is in critical condition at a hospital, where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma.

Chris Green is on life support at Sentara Norfolk General hospital. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma to ease the swelling in his brain.

Green was in a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists dismantling a Confederate statue outside a courthouse in Portsmouth, Va. when the freak accident happened just after 9 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The police stood idly by while the activists used sledge hammers to chip away at a statue depicting George Pickett, a major general in the Confederate States Army.

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Green was standing under the statue when the crowd pulled the statue down on him. An activist who witnessed the accident said Green's head was split open exposing his brain matter.

The witness said Green lost a lot of blood before police cleared the area to allow medics to transport him.

Green's wife, who wasn't at the protest, said her husband's heart stopped twice in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

She told 13News Now that they have two children. She said she was upset that protesters "didn't think" when they pulled the statue down on him.

A GoFundMe page was created by Green's wife to help pay his medical bills. The page collected nearly $16,000 as of this writing.

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