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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