High School Junior Dies After Basketball Game - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

High School Junior Dies After Basketball Game

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A high school student who collapsed as he walked to class following an intramural basketball game died of heart failure, a medical examiner concluded.

Jamiah Foreman, 17, a junior at Kenmore High School, had multiple congenital heart anomalies, the Summit County medical examiner reported Wednesday.

Foreman's arteries did not properly function, causing the heart to miss needed oxygen and work harder, the medical examiner's report said.

The teen-ager's parents, Charles and Myra Ollison, said their son was born with a heart defect.

Myra Ollison said her son was always cautious about overexerting himself. She knew he played pickup and intramural basketball games, but he never played organized team sports because of his heart.

After Foreman collapsed Tuesday, a teacher and another staff member performed CPR. He died at Akron General Medical Center.

The school was unaware of his heart condition, principal Paul Wetshtein said.

"We'll have some sort of memorial for him and probably a tree planting," Wetshtein said.

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