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18-Year-Old High School Basketball Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest During Game


An 18-year-old high school basketball player in Detroit is currently on life support after suffering cardiac arrest during a game.

Cartier Woods of Northwestern High School reportedly collapsed on the court during a game Tuesday night, according to Detroit Free Press.

Coaches for the opposing team, Detroit Douglass, described the frightening scene.

“Coach, I’m dizzy,” Woods said, according to Douglass assistant coach Roland Eason.

“I need to come out.”

“I heard a big bang and I thought it might be a fight or something,” Douglass head coach Pierre Brooks said.

“I looked over and it was Cartier that fell out and Coach Tyson jumped to action,” he added.

Woods was reportedly given CPR until medical personnel arrived.

Detroit Free Press provided further details:

Brooks estimated EMT personnel arrived between five and 10 minutes after the incident and transported the youngster to nearby Henry Ford Hospital.

“It seemed like an eternity,” Brooks said, “but it was pretty quick.”

Detroit Public School Community District superintendent Nikolai Vitti sent an email to the district schools and personnel late Tuesday saying Woods was placed on life support at Henry Ford. A DPSCD spokesperson confirmed to the Free Press that Woods remained on life support on Wednesday afternoon.

WXYZ Detroit added:

His aunt and legal guardian, Dwanda Woods, says the 18-year-old has been playing sports since he was 10 and has dreams of continuing to play in to college next year.

“No one can stop him. He just loves playing football, basketball. That’s his number one goal of what he wanted to do his whole life,” said Woods of her nephew.

Woods says her nephew had no known heart conditions. She says paramedics delivered CPR for 40-60 minutes after he collapsed.

“It’s driving me crazy because I been around him so long. It’s just driving us crazy. I’m just asking for prayer,” said Woods’ cousin Shantell Woods as she stood outside of Henry Ford Hospital.

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The school district says they had an AED on hand, which is standard across all school buildings in the district.

Tuesday, the 18-year-old was taken to the ICU where family members say his recovery is up in the air.

Local 4 – WDIV aired this video report:

A highly-ranked men’s high school basketball player collapsed on the court Sunday during a game in Long Island, New York.

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