PORTLAND, Ore. – A 14-year-old boy who collapsed during basketball practice in La Center, Wash. last week died Monday night, according to hospital officials at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
A coach performed CPR on Cody Sherrell after he suffered a heart attack at La Center Elementary and Middle School during practice last Tuesday until paramedics arrived. They used a defibrillator to shock Sherrell's heart until it started beating again.
Sherrell's family issued the following statement late Monday night:
"We want to thank all of the first responders and staff at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel for their incredible care of Cody. Thank you also to the community, who have shown us overwhelming support and love. Cody was a quiet boy. It's brought us such joy to know he touched so many lives."
Sherrell had been in critical condition since being admitted to the hospital. Doctors said he had no history of heart problems.
Sherrell's death is a crisis the La Center School District has never faced before.
"This is something so out of our experience base, so we're only approaching it the way we know how to do and that's to care for each other," said Superintendent Dr. Mark Mansell.
Counselors were available Tuesday at the school.
He is reportedly in good condition.