Monday, February 24
Caoch: Teen cleared to practice despite fainting spell

Associated Press

LUBBOCK, Texas -- A 13-year-old boy on life support after collapsing during track practice has died, a Lubbock hospital spokeswoman said.

Taylor Sanderson was removed from life support after being on it during the weekend, spokeswoman Jenny Rosetta said. He was declared brain dead Sunday, but was kept alive so that his organs could be donated to Life Gift, Rosetta told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for an online report Monday.

Witnesses told police that the boy had run only about 200 yards during track practice at Smylie Wilson Junior High before collapsing Friday morning.

A coach and the nurse gave the boy cardiopulmonary resuscitation until emergency workers arrived. The nurse told police that Taylor suffered from hypoglycemia, a condition that causes an abnormal decrease in blood-sugar levels.

One coach told police that Taylor previously fainted in another class, but was cleared by a doctor to participate in sports.

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