High school basketball player collapses at tournament

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A high school basketball player collapsed during a shoot-out tournament Saturday in Riverside, and he is now in critical condition.

Ambulance 02The victim, 16, was playing in the tournament and had just completed a layup when he suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing on the court, according to the Riverside Police Department. A doctor and a nurse attending the event provided medical care until paramedics arrived.

“There is no question that the immediate response of the off-duty doctor and nurse played a crucial role in the fact that this young man is still alive,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said. “My officers arrived within two minutes of the initial 911 call and CPR had already begun.”

The medical personnel were able to get a pulse back as they transported the boy to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit.

The tournament was held at Riverside Brookfield High School as an AAU basketball event. There were six games going on at the time of the incident and hundreds of spectators, many of whom immediately called 911.

The boy is a student at Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory High School in Chicago. Police are still investigating the incident.

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