Georgia high school football player died from cardiac arrest after suffering a massive head injury

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The high school football player who died after suffering a head injury during a game suffered a fatal heart attack, a coroner's report concluded Tuesday.

The report states that 16-year-old Dylan Thomas, a junior linebacker at Pike County High School, suffered an accidental death as the result of a cardiac arrest caused by the head injury.

Report - Thomas - Condition - CBS - Affiliate

The report claims Thomas had no pre-existing condition, according to the local CBS affiliate, so he was not any more susceptible to such an injury than other players. Ultimately it was an 'anomaly' requiring 'the perfect amount of pressure on the perfect spot at the perfect angle' that caused the injury.

Coroner Terrell Moody concluded that no preventative measures or additional treatments could have saved Thomas's life.



After suffering the injury during a September 28 game against Peach County, Thomas passed out while seated on the bench, woke up and said 'I can't feel my body,' and then passed out again.

Thomas - Hospital - Condition - Days

Thomas was flown to a hospital in critical condition, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

The teen was hit during the game on Friday and although he was able to return to play, he later collapsed on the sidelines after his arm and leg went numb, Thomas' uncle, Nick Burgess, said.

Burgess - Facebook - Donation - Campaign - Nephew

Burgess started a Facebook donation campaign for his nephew's care and medical costs that has already received nearly $45,000 in contributions from only slightly less than 1,100 people.

The rural Georgia county about an hour south of Atlanta has now been left reeling from the unexpected and difficult to comprehend loss of a beloved athlete, peer, friend and family member.

Process - Thing - Area - Webber - Anything

'We're in a constant process of evaluating the entire thing to see if we can pinpoint one area that maybe this occurred,' Webber said.'There wasn't anything that really stuck out.'

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