Georgia High School Football Player Dies of Traumatic Brain Injury
PIKE COUNTY, GA. – October 9, 2018 (nbcnews.com) A 16-year-old Georgia high school football player died of a traumatic brain injury after being hit during a game in late September, according to an online news story from nbcnews.com.*
On the evening of September 28, 16-year-old Dylan Thomas, a linebacker at Pike County High School in Zebulon, Georgia, was injured during a game tackle. The hit occurred during the third quarter of the game, and Thomas was helped off the field with assistance. He was able to verbally communicate at the time, but his condition quickly deteriorated.
Thomas was airlifted to a hospital in Atlanta, where doctors performed several surgical procedures in an attempt to save his life. On September 30, the Pike County Coroner pronounced Thomas dead. His cause of death was ruled cardiac arrest secondary to traumatic brain injury secondary to a closed head injury. The manner was classified as accidental.
Thomas was a healthy teenager before the incident with no preexisting conditions. Medical staff characterized his injury as an anomaly, requiring the right amount of pressure on the right spot at the right angle. Thomas was reportedly wearing a 2018 Riddell helmet at the time, which the Georgia High School Association said was the highest-rated helmet manufactured by the company. The Association said there was no indication of negligence on the part of the school, coaches, or staff.
An obituary for Thomas described him as a “true friend who never met a stranger. He was a loving son and brother. Dylan lived life to the fullest.” Football Coach Brad Webber said Thomas was “one of the finest young men I ever had in my life.”
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