Zaidyn Ward, a 14-year-old high school freshman in Texas, must undergo open-heart surgery after collapsing during a football game.
After the Aug. 31 game ended, Ward collapsed as the Monterey High School (Lubbock, Texas) team huddled in the end zone, according to GoFundMe page to raise money for the Ward family. He was resuscitated twice by athletic trainer Lacey Steele and then airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital for further evaluation, according to KCBD.
Ward is scheduled to undergo open-heart surgery early this week, the organizer of the GoFundMe page posted in an update Saturday. Page is raising money for expenses, including medical, travel and lost income, while his mother spends time with Ward in Fort Worth, a four-hour drive from her home and work in Lubbock.
Ward is a running back who scored the final touchdown of the game, a 45-8 win over Wiley. His road to recovery will be surrounded by friends and family.
“Sports is his life, it’s what he likes, but if it comes down to it, your heart, I mean, your health comes first,” Combs told KCBD.