WA teen collapses at school basketball practice
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
LA CENTER, Wash. (AP) -- Police in the small southwest Washington community of La Center say a 13-year-old boy collapsed and stopped breathing at a middle school basketball practice.
Police Chief Tim Hopkin says the boy collapsed shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday at the La Center Middle School's gym. A coach and another man reportedly began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The unidentified eighth grader was taken first to a Vancouver hospital, then to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore.
His condition was not known late Tuesday night.
La Center School District Superintendent Mark Mansell told The Oregonian on Tuesday night "it's very serious but all we can do is hope for the best and support our students."
About 450 students attend the school.