TX High School Football Player Almost Dies Playing in 104 Degrees
A Texas high school football player almost died after playing in the scorching heat during the first game of the season.
OVER TIME IN SCORCHING HEAT
Justice Trumpler is a left-center lineman at an Austin high school football team. During the first game of the season, Trumpler and his team went into overtime, playing in a scorching 104-degree heat.
As the game continued his family began to notice some concerning signs; his mother, Jennifer Norman-Wolfe said, “A couple of times he tried to stay on his feet so that he could stay in the game and just couldn’t and fell over."
TRUMPLER EXPRESSES CONCERNS
Trumpler also began to complain about pain in his head during the game, “He started to say his head felt like it was going to explode,” his mother admitted. As the game went on, issues continued to escalate, “I started vomiting like pretty much right after halftime like the first or second drive went in,” Trumpler said.
DOCTORS SHARE TERRIFYING NEWS
When the game was over Trumpler and his family went home, however, Trumpler's condition would continue to get worse. Eventually, Trumpler was taken to the hospital where doctors would share terrifying news. A CT scan revealed Trumpler had a heat stroke and his brain was swelling.
“Doctors wanted us to know that he was dying,” Norman-Wolfe said.
Fortunately, doctors acted swiftly and were able to treat Trumpler. However, his mother worries there is no clear-cut protocol to prevent young athletes from unsafe heat conditions.
There are protocols in place however, there is no "standard." Norman-Wolfe points out, “There are numerous protocols in place and they weren’t good enough,” she said. “The experts need to weigh in… These are passionate kids, and they want to give it everything they’ve got. As adults, we need to be the ones to say this is not safe.”