Ferndale HS student collapses, dies after track practice - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Ferndale High School student collapses, dies after track practice

Posted: Updated:
Students and staff at Ferndale High School are mourning the death of a 16-year-old student.  (Credit: Fox 2 News) Students and staff at Ferndale High School are mourning the death of a 16-year-old student. (Credit: Fox 2 News)
FERNDALE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Students and staff at Ferndale High School are mourning the loss of one of their own.  The school district said 16-year-old Mario Campbell collapsed and died Thursday after practicing with the track team.

"Mario was a wonderful student, enthusiastic learner, team player and dedicated friend," said Ferndale High School Principal Lisa Williams.

An autopsy was performed Friday by the Oakland County medical examiner and results are pending.

According to published reports, Campbell was having a seizure.  We asked Dr. Steve McGraw, who works in the emergency department at Providence Hospital, what that means.

"When someone has a sudden cardiac event, especially young adolescents, but otherwise healthy people, often is their heart stops.  One of the final things that happens is something that looks very much like a seizure.  The difference, however, is with a seizure your heart won't typically stop.  A young person having a brief seizure can often wake up very shortly thereafter.  If the precipitation of that event, however, was a cardiac event, that's when they don't recover," he explained.

How often are young athletes collapsing and dying?

"It's still relatively rare, but it does happen about 2,000 times a year in our country someone between the ages of two and 25 will have a sudden cardiac death," McGraw said.

What can we do to prevent it?

"When they relate it to sporting activities, often it's something wrong with the heart that wasn't diagnosed before.  The best screening is still a very competent physical exam and history performed by a doctor prior to participating in sports, and then if someone has an abnormal finding on exam or an abnormal history in their family, a more detailed evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist," said McGraw.

Fox 2 News staff contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
  • 3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    3-year-old shocked, downed power lines electrify fence

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:51:19 GMT
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
    A 3-year-old boy is in the hospital after getting shocked by an electrical charge.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices