10-year-old collapses, dies at SOSU basketball camp

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

DURANT, Okla. -- What was supposed to be a normal day at summer camp, turned into tragedy for one Durant family when their son, 10-year old Colton Sherrill collapsed and died.

"When you hear about a death its a tragic situation and when you find out its a young person, then it makes even more traumatic," said Keith Baxter, SOSU Athletic Director.

Around 3:30 pm Wednesday, camp officials say Sherrill was participating in a camp drill with 35 other kids, when he fell to the court and didn't move.

Emergency personnel spent several minutes trying to revive him through CPR, but after those attempts failed, he was rushed by ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"You know we have emergency procedures place at all of our events and all of our venues, we have training staff on site that were there with the campers and of course our coaches are all aware of those procedures and our coaches are there within the confines of the gym and they're available for all those campers," said Baxter.

Kent Rowland, Chief Investigator for the state medical examiner's office says an autopsy revealed Sherrill died of congenital heart failure. A condition which is common among one percent of live births.

"This is obviously a tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with this young man's families," said Dr. Scott Turner.

Turner is an interventional cardiologist in Sherman. He says the severity of congenital heart disease ranges from non-life threatening to very severe. Most severe cases are diagnosed at birth, others are treatable with surgery, medicine, or through the use of automated external defibrillators.

"When some suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, the treatment is early defibrillation or delivering a shock to them to restore their heart to a normal rhythm," said Turner.

Turner said most public schools will be required to have one on site at all times, but until that time comes, preventing events like the one Wednesday in Durant are sometimes almost impossible.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Hugo on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    I have known this family for many many years. Colton was a very active energetic boy who loved life. His parents supported him 100% in everything...and he had frequent physicals. He was a very lucky little boy to have parents who participated in activities with him. We should all learn from this tragedy. Live everyday and appreciate life like there is no tomorrow because there may not be. God bless you Trace, Dena, and Ashley.
  • by Mom 2 Location: Durant on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:22 PM
    Trace,Dena,Ashley,Family&Friends-Thoughts and prayers are with you.Colton touched many people during his short time here, he will never be forgotten.Hold on to the memories, nobody can take those away from you.Friends,reach out to the family in the months to come, they will need it! Trace,Dena&Ashley lean on God, he will sustain you and give you the strength you need to make it through. Just remember your friends are there for you too!My prayers are with you, God Bless You!
  • by TrIcia Location: oklahoma on Jun 13, 2008 at 08:14 PM
    Dena and trace ,Colton was so Love by everyone , and soon you will be renighted , Keep your faith stay strong. My Prayers go out to both you and your family . if yo need anything just ask .
  • by Nancy Location: Westfield, Ma on Jun 13, 2008 at 06:09 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with Colton's family. My little brother is on Colton's team and this really hits home to all of us. Makes me realize just how precious life is!
  • by mc Location: Durant on Jun 13, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    Dena, Trace and Ashley-all my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. All of you are very dear people and Colton was lucky to have you and you him. His death says nothing for laziness, inactivity, too many video games or complete cessation of sports. It only speaks of a boy taken from this world before the ones of us left behind were ready for him to go. Lives cut short are never explainable. He will be missed by many.
  • by so sad Location: denison on Jun 13, 2008 at 10:42 AM
    We all need to remember to give our children a hug, kiss and say I love you when they leave the house each day. I'm sure this mom sent her little boy off to summer camp and expected to see him later that day. Don't take the time with your children for granted.
  • by Reva5050 Location: Ardmore on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    I am so sorry for your loss. From the other comments on this board, you sound like a wonderful family. May God be with you and give you comfort.
  • by Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    My heart goes out to this family, May God be with you in during this time.
  • by Mis Location: understood on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:44 AM
    All comments should be welcome here..no matter what they are. Remember this is America! And this is a message board for people to discuss and vent and say what is on their minds. This is not just for the positive. It is to get people thinking and to see that there is always more than one perspective. Right or Wrong. You have the choice to read or not to read these comments. If you are offended by some comments then skip them. These days everyone is so quick to be offended by people they don't even know. Maybe this is not a place for condolenses? Do you really think that the family is spending this time here reading these comments? I think not. If you choose to use this forum then respect others and their right to free speech.
  • by mother also Location: denison on Jun 13, 2008 at 05:38 AM
    my prayers are with the family. jill sports are not what killed this child, children need athelitics to keep them active, this could have very easily have happened while he was playing with his dog. my child has been an playing sports since she was three and now she is 17. all of texoma will be praying for this family, may god bless you.
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