A fully jabbed teenager from Tennessee was rushed to hospital last week after suffering a massive heart attack during a cross country race.
17-year-old runner Gabe Higginbottom was competing in Pensacola on Sept. 10 when after a race he said something felt seriously wrong in his chest, his coach Kris Harman said. Higginbottom is currently recovering in a Florida hospital.
“He started complaining about his chest hurting and kept complaining and we went to the trainer’s tent,” Harman told reporters. “Everybody initially thinks it’s hot, it’s heat exhaustion so give him ice but he’s still complaining about his chest.”
Westernjournal.com reports: Higginbottom “didn’t bounce back,” Melissia Reid Guthrie posted on the Bartlett High School Boys Cross County Facebook page.
“After an hour he was taken by some of the dad’s and coach to the medical tent. His vitals were good. Out of abundance of caution the doctor on site said he should go to the hospital,” she wrote.
“At the hospital his vitals were good until they weren’t. He was then airlifted with his mom to Gainesville Florida for further tests.”
The teen suffered a heart attack, Joe Moore, organizer of a GoFundMe page for Higginbottom and his family, wrote on the page.
“After running tests, they found Gabe’s right artery was completely blocked,” Moore wrote.
“Doctors performed an angioplasty to insert a balloon to open up his artery. Later they performed a 3-hour surgery inserting two stents and found two blood clots. He is currently recovering in Gainesville.”
Harman said doctors remain puzzled.
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