Posted October 04, 2013

Kansas high school recruit dies after suffering stroke on sidelines

Kansas Jayhawks

A Kansas high school football player died on Friday after suffering a stroke on the sidelines during a Thursday night game.

According to the Kansas City Star, Andre Maloney, a senior wide receiver at Shawnee Mission West HS in Kansas City, suffered a stroke after scoring a 63-yard touchdown in SM West’s 37-34 loss to Leavenworth High School on Thursday. After being transported to a nearby hospital, Maloney underwent surgery which revealed a blood clot in his brain. Doctors were unable to remove the clot, and Maloney’s family was told he was unlikely to emerge from his vegetative state.

The family opted against continuing his treatment on Friday.

Maloney’s cousin, Karla Montoya, told the Star that “something wasn’t right” after Maloney scored the touchdown.

Maloney, who in July verbally committed to play football at KU, was untouched on the play — and even celebrated his touchdown in the end zone, teammates said — but stumbled when he returned to the bench.

As he reached for a water bottle, SM West football coach Tim Callaghan said, Maloney “got dizzy and lost functioning.”

Maloney grabbed a teammate for support as he staggered backward, but he ultimately collapsed, Montoya said.

Maloney enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2012, catching 24 passes for 518 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also made 42 tackles with four picks and 12 pass breakups as a safety on defense.

15 comments
BradConner
BradConner

Prayers for his family and the school/community.  Some may disagree with me but the young man's last moments were spent doing what he loved.  At least the family can take comfort in that. (instead of being murdered or something along those lines).  It is still sad because he had a bright future ahead of him.

MattStone12
MattStone12

@SInow I'm surprised something like a tumor or whatever it was, wasn't discovered sooner. Athletes take physicals before every season.

rush1660
rush1660

this is the worst. wishing the best for that family

SeanSmith1
SeanSmith1

Simply heartbreaking. My condolences for his family and that entire football team. 

Eric62
Eric62

@MattStone12 @SInow In an otherwise healthy athlete at the high school level, it might have been atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation or another undiagnosed heart arrhythmia.  These conditions can allow blood to pool in the heart leading to clot formation.  The clot then "flecks" off and travels to the brain, causing an embolic stroke.  Very awful and sad regardless the cause. 

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

@MattStone12 @SInow  Try reading the complete article sometime.  You'll be amazed at what the content contains.

Hador
Hador

@MattStone12 @SInow  

A blood clot isn't a tumor, in fact it isn't even an illness as such. Basically it is just a hardened piece of blood that can form anywhere in your body at any time. When something like this travels through your blood system it can block arteries and if it does block an important one (like in the brain or the heart) you can die. 

There are conditions which make this more likely to happen and they might have shown up during a physical, but it can also happen to an otherwise perfectly healthy person.