In what could be called a tragic accident, a 14-year-old teenager died while playing a game he loved. According to the Lexington County Coroner, Lewis Simpkins was pronounced dead when he arrived at the emergency room at Lexington Medical Center. An autopsy was to be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Lexington School District One officials reported that Simpkins collapsed during football practice around 7 p.m. The team had been practicing routine drills. Two trainers and a coach began to perform CPR and utilized a defibrillator. Paramedics arrived and transported the teenager to the hospital. Simpkins’ family was not aware of any previous medical conditions that could have attributed to the boy’s death.
People in the area assumed that heat had a role to play in the accident, as temperatures in the area soared. The school district has said that practice began at 5 p.m, and that water and hoses were available at all times. The players were monitored to make sure that they were taking water breaks every 15 to 20 minutes.
While the teen’s cause of death is not clear at this point in time, anyone who is participating in outdoor exercise or play is cautioned to take the heat and humidity into consideration. Those who do not need to be outside in the heat are encouraged to stay indoors, especially if their home has a cooling system. If people do not have access to cool air, they should drink plenty of cold water and, if possible, visit friends, family or even a store that has air conditioning.
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