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9-year-old who died after football practice had heart defect

1 year 1 month 3 days ago November 05, 2015 Nov 5, 2015 Thursday, November 05 2015 November 05, 2015 10:41 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

POMEROY - A coroner says a 9-year-old Ohio boy who collapsed at a youth football practice died as the result of a heart defect.

The Meigs County sheriff's office says Wyatt Barber's death resulted from an abnormal left main coronary artery in his heart. He had no other injuries.

A coach found the third-grader unconscious on the ground and not breathing Monday after players took a break from running sprints during a practice at a high school football field in southeastern Ohio. The practice was a walkthrough and not a contact session.

Coaches performed CPR on Wyatt until medics arrived at the school in Olive Township, a rural community about 100 miles southeast of Columbus. Wyatt was taken to a hospital, where he died Monday night.

A GoFundMe has been set up to donate money to Wyatt's family. Currently over $9,000 has been raised over 2 days, with a goal of $15,000.

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