15-year-old Preston Settles, a freshman at the Brooks School in North Andover, collapsed on the court moments after telling his friend, “my heart feels like it’s spasming.”
Settles was rushed to Tufts Medical Center, where he was fighting for his life after the terrifying incident.
Newton teen is still fighting for his life after he collapsed during a basketball game https://t.co/Y1azLgJed5
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 12, 2022
15-year-old Preston Settles is fighting for his life after collapsing during a basketball game at the Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. https://t.co/j12moMEBcM
— 48 Hours (@48hours) February 11, 2022
Sadly, the Newton teen passed away on Sunday after a 22-day fight for his life.
15 years old! Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/iQ5xL4rDsp
— Nashville Angela (@Angelasfreenews) March 2, 2022
AP News provided this update:
Preston Settles, 15, of Newton, who collapsed while playing for the private Brooks School in North Andover on Feb. 5, died Sunday evening at Boston Children’s Hospital, the family said in a statement.
“Our wonderful, previously healthy, handsome, and perpetually happy son Preston Blair Settles has transitioned to his next journey,” the statement said.
Survivors include his father, Darryl Settles, a businessperson; his mother, Lisa Owens, a physician; and a sibling.
The family thanked the staff at Tufts Medical Center and Children’s, as well as all the relatives and friends who have offered them support.
“Lastly, we want to thank our dear sweet Preston for being an amazing son and incredible human being during his short 15 years on this earth. Hats off to you buddy for living it large and maximizing your time. Those that know you well, know that you were awesome, smart, hard worker, adventurous, funny, always positive, a true friend, and a loving brother,” the family said.
Two other high school basketball players collapsed on the court of cardiac arrest the same week as Settles.
The teens tragically passed away after their sudden collapse.