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8 down, 1 to go, but... - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
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8 down, 1 to go, but...
Football won again tonight, spanking Mt. Carmel 41-20. They're 8-0 for the first time since 1976 with one game to go.

Unfortunately, Mt. Carmel lost a student early in the evening. There was a kid working the chain crew, they announced it was his 15th birthday today. He collapsed a few minutes after the JV game ended, which Mt. Carmel won by a point. I looked over and saw someone performing chest compressions, which never looks good. The word I'm hearing is that he had a heart murmur. I took the fact that the ambulance left with its lights on as a good sign. But it wasn't, I guess it was just for show. There was a doctor at the game, and he pronounced him before the ambulance even arrived.

I didn't find out until an hour after the game ended. I'd seen some kids gathered behind the press box, a lot of long hugs and tears, but I assumed it must be out of worry. At least I hoped it was. If there's anything positive to take from it, it's that his last memory was a bunch of his friends fighting to win a big game in the closing minutes. If it were me, I think that's as good an ending as I could ask for.

[Edit 11/4 9:10am, friends lock released on public information: The boy's name is Nyzell Derr. According to the North County Times and last night's KNSD newscast, they did work on him all the way to Pomerado Hospital in Poway.]

Current Mood: disappointed disappointed
Current Music: Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

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hayley76 From: hayley76 Date: November 5th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its always sad and tragic when kids die - especially suddenly like that and in front of friends and family. :(

If there's anything positive to take from it, it's that his last memory was a bunch of his friends fighting to win a big game in the closing minutes. If it were me, I think that's as good an ending as I could ask for.

I cant say I'd disagree.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: November 6th, 2007 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
It's sad, yeah, but... still, it's in front of friends and family. That's so much better than some distant place, or surrounded by nobody.

You know me, I take a fair bit of meaning from fiction. A lot of the stuff I follow takes a pretty sensible approach to death, whether it's B5 or Harry Potter or whatever else. That it's an inevitable part of life, and the best you can hope for is a less-disfavorable set of circumstances, and to have as few regrets as possible whenever it finally rolls around to you.

But of course, I'm a software engineer. One of my mantras has to be "All ____ sucks. Some just suck less than others."

I'm really proud of my football team... one of our assistant coaches is a school counselor, and he spent the day at Mt. Carmel as part of the crisis team. A couple of our players approached him before practice asking how they could make some gesture as a team.
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