Ga. prep player collapses, dies

Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 12:30 PM
Last updated 12:33 PM
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BUFORD, Ga. -- A Buford High School varsity basketball player died Sunday night after collapsing during a preseason practice session late last week.

Adam Smith  Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Georgia Newspaper Partnership
Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Georgia Newspaper Partnership
Adam Smith

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Adam Smith, 16, was running during a Thursday afternoon workout when he told a teacher he wasn’t feeling well.

Moments later, the junior collapsed on the floor.

“They were doing pre-season running, cardiovascular work,” Buford High principal Dr. Banks Bitterman told the newspaper on Monday.

“One of my teachers who is also an assistant cross-country coach was also there, and he walked up to her and said, ‘I’m just not feeling any good,’ and he just collapsed,” Bitterman said.

The principal said that he and other school staff members performed CPR, including using an automated external defibrillator, until EMTs arrived.

“The EMT’s got there immediately, and within 10 seconds, they had him up on a gurney and we were going to the hospital,” Bitterman said.

Smith was rushed to Northside Hospital-Forsyth, where he died Sunday night.

Bitterman called Smith an “incredible young man.”

“It’s a tough situation,” Bitterman said.

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KSL 09/17/12 - 01:42 pm
How sad

I can't tell you how much I worried about my sons getting ready for football. August 2adays. I have never gotten over late supper times.

itsanotherday1 09/17/12 - 07:21 pm
These stories are always sad,

These stories are always sad, but I hope people don't pin it on athletics. This young man had an anomaly that was going to show up one way or another. I think it is wonderful that a part of him will live on with the donations to others. Maybe that was his purpose....

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