A 13-year-old boy collapsed and stopped breathing during basketball practice late Tuesday afternoon at La Center Middle School.
La Center Police Chief Tim Hopkin said that, despite resuscitation efforts, the boy was still not breathing when he was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center.
The boy, identified as Cody Sherrell, was transferred to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was reported in critical condition Wednesday morning.
The emergency was reported at 4:51 p.m. at La Center Middle School, 700 E. Fourth St., according to dispatch records.
Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to the call and began administering CPR, Hopkin said.
La Center School District Superintendent Mark Mansell said the district will have counselors on hand Wednesday to speak with students and faculty.
“We’re sending positive thoughts for our student and his family,” Mansell said.
Amy Beaudoin, a La Center parent who has a child in the same grade as the boy, described Sherrell as a “really outstanding boy.”
She said Sherrell is involved in Boy Scouts, is very active and is “a great student.”
A school newsletter said that Tuesday was the first day of practice for the school’s basketball team.