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Aledo teen who collapsed at school died of sickle cell crisis

Trenten Darton, a 15-year-old sophomore basketball player at Aledo, died after collapsing before practice in August and the Bearcat football team honored him during their next game.
Trenten Darton, a 15-year-old sophomore basketball player at Aledo, died after collapsing before practice in August and the Bearcat football team honored him during their next game. Jared L. Christopher

An Aledo High School sophomore who died after suddenly collapsing at school in August died of sickle cell crisis, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner.

Trenten Darton, 15, collapsed early Aug. 29 before basketball practice and was rushed to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. He died early the next morning, but the cause of death was released recently.

Sickle cell disease causes red blood cells to be rigid, sticky and shaped like sickles, according to the Mayo Clinic and WebMD, and the irregularly shaped cells can cause blood vessels to be blocked, causing sickle cell crisis. The disease is inherited and there’s no cure for most people with it.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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