A 16-year-old girl suffered a medical emergency while playing high school football in Las Vegas, Nevada, and died.
After a home game against Valley High School on Thursday around 7:30 p.m., sophomore Ashari Hughes, 16, a Desert Oasis High School player, passed out. according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The hospitalized woman died later that evening, the newspaper said.
The sad incident occurred just three days after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin passed out after going into cardiac arrest during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football, which was watched by millions. According to officials, Hamlin is now “awake” and has shown “remarkable improvement”.
The 16-year-old Nevada student could not be rescued despite valiant efforts.
The youngster was her daughter’s teammate and registered nurse Aphelia Phifer-Hill reported on her actions on Facebook Thursday night, according to the Review-Journal.
“Today was the first time in my 26 years of nursing that I had to resuscitate a child,” she wrote.
The paper stated that the adolescent passed out after the game, and Phifer-Hill said so “everyone panicked” because of the inclement, rainy weather. She also said she had tried chest compressions and used an external defibrillator.
The statement added, “Her family was not at the game, but they arrived.” We managed to establish a heartbeat. The teen was hospitalized and intubated before she died, according to Phifer-Hill, the Review-Journal reported. After the article was released, her post was reportedly deleted.
The 16-year-old who died Friday was remembered for her passion for the game.
The girl’s parents, Enttroda and Twayne Hughes said: “She loved music, dancing and being around all the people she loved… She called soccer the real love of her life!”
Ashari Hughes’ funeral expenses were the subject of a Friday afternoon internet campaign that raised more than $2,000 in just two hours. By Saturday morning, the amount had surpassed the $50,000 goal by more than $21,000.
16-year-old dies during flag football medical emergency
According to the principal, a 16-year-old high school student in the southern Las Vegas Valley died Thursday night due to a “medical emergency” during a sporting event.
In a letter sent to parents Friday morning, Desert Oasis reports High School Director Ian Salzman wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that the student has passed away. The school and the entire district mourn the loss of this young life.”
The teen “had a medical emergency at an athletic event”, He wrote.
According to Salzman, employees immediately began providing medical attention and continued to do so until paramedics arrived. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it.
The youngster was confirmed as 16-year-old Ashari Hughes by the Clark County coroner’s office. On Friday morning, the circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear.
A relative of Hughes told the KVVU that he had chest pains while playing flag football. When she began to feel faint, she rested on the sidelines.
The relative also said that Hughes went to a doctor for persistent heart problems. Although her doctor had given her the green light to return to sports, Hughes’ family considered taking her out of competition to further assess her health.
In a letter to parents, the school principal offered the services of the district’s Crisis Response Team to anyone in need. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Hughes family.
Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, went into cardiac arrest on the field earlier this week during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hughes’ death comes as Hamlin makes a full recovery.
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