An Azle Junior High student collapsed and stopped breathing during a football game Tuesday evening and was rushed by helicopter to an area hospital, school officials said.
An Azle Elementary School nurse, Rita White, was at the game and used the school’s automated external defibrillator on the seventh-grader, whose name was not released. School officials said the student was conscious and alert afterward. He was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth by Careflite helicopter.
Superintendent Ray Lea said Wednesday that the 13-year-old student was fine when school officials left the hospital late Tuesday. He lauded the school staff for handling the situation professionally.
Lea said the student was involved in a tackle in the game against Highland and did not get up after the play. School officials said they could not locate a pulse when they rushed to his side. A football coach began cardio pulmonary resuscitation and White hooked the student up to the AED, Ray said.
Brian Roberts, school vice principal, was at the game when the incident occurred and that after the play the teenager did not get up and appeared unresponsive.
The game was canceled following the emergency.