Highschool soccer participant dies after collapse at Scrimmage in Philadelphia
A Philadelphia high school football player has died after collapsing with his team during a scrimmage game, his family and officials said.
Ivan Hicks Jr., 16, a student at West Catholic Preparatory High School, passed out at around 5:45 p.m. Tuesday while taking a water break from a 7v7 practice game in Coatesville, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
“He was shy, but he was also very lively. Nice smile. He was very compassionate, ”Ivan’s sister Jelisa Smith told Fox29 news channel.
School officials said two parents with medical training rushed to help Hicks before rescue workers arrived.
“Emergency service providers responded immediately and were on site within two minutes. They joined two of our parents who had medical training and had already started resuscitating the player, ”said Tomás Hanna, principal of the Coatesville Area School District, in a statement.
Hicks was admitted to the Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later, the Chester County coroner’s office said.
Ivan Hicks Jr. was admitted to Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.WPVI
The medical incident came when temperatures in the area peaked at 88 on Tuesday.
No cause of death has been established, but an autopsy was scheduled for Friday.
“We strive to find answers for Ivan’s family, friends, and community. His parents have been notified and our hearts are with them, “Chester County’s coroner Christina VandePol said in a statement, the newspaper reported.
“There was no sign of external injury in this tragic unexpected death. We will investigate possible cardiac causes in light of what we know about sudden death in young athletes, but it is too early to draw any conclusions, ”added the coroner.