12-year-old dies after collapsing during basketball tournament

A 12-year-old boy has died after collapsing during a basketball tournament in Pennsylvania, CNN affiliate WPXI reports. “This has devastated our entire Lakeview YMCA family,” YMCA officials said in a statement. “We will do…

12-year-old dies after collapsing during basketball tournament

A 12-year-old boy has died after collapsing during a basketball tournament in Pennsylvania, CNN affiliate WPXI reports.

“This has devastated our entire Lakeview YMCA family,” YMCA officials said in a statement. “We will do whatever it takes to help support Donnie and his family during this time of sorrow.”

Donnie Thompson went to Lakeview YMCA’s State Line Elite Basketball Tournament in Williamsport on Friday morning to watch his two teammates play, according to his mother Annette Nogueras.

When the two youth league teammates finished, he returned to his hotel where he was checking into his room when he collapsed, WPXI reports.

A team physician arrived at the hotel immediately and began giving CPR, WPXI reports. However, it wasn’t enough to save him.

“I could hear sirens. I didn’t know there was a kid that couldn’t breathe,” Steven Lutze, director of the State Line YMCA, told WPXI. “If they didn’t start CPR, I don’t know if he’s here with us right now. It would have been so quick, and we would have just been fighting with flames.”

The boy was taken to Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, according to WPXI.

A fund has been set up in the boy’s honor to help with funeral expenses. Donations can be made to GoFundMe.

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