Saranac boy collapses at football practice, dies

Ionia County

An undated courtesy photo of Skylar Lasby.

SARANAC, Mich. (WOOD) — A football player who was rushed to the hospital after collapsing during practice in Saranac has died.

The boy was identified as Skylar Lasby. Spectrum Health confirmed to News 8 he later died.

Saranac Community Schools said in a Facebook post that the student, a boy around the age of 12 or 13, collapsed during a no-contact drill shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The boy was given CPR on the field and he was airlifted to the hospital.

Saranac Community Schools Superintendent Jason Smith released the following statement:

“With a heavy heart Saranac Community Schools is mourning the loss of one of our very own 7th graders. The student passed away late last night at the hospital, after a medical emergency during the Saranac Community Youth Football practice.

“Supports are available at the school from local counseling agencies and school districts. Supports will be in place district-wide for as long  as needed.

“Most importantly, please keep the family in your thoughts as they work through this difficult time. Please also keep our students, staff, and community in your thoughts as well.”

medical responseThis evening a student athlete at Saranac Jr/Sr High collapsed in a non-contact football drill. Ionia…

Posted by Saranac Community Schools on Wednesday, August 28, 2019

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