Student collapses during basketball game at Lakeside Middle School

Published: Nov. 3, 2023 at 12:16 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2023 at 4:55 PM EDT
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EVANS, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A student was sent to a hospital after collapsing during a middle school basketball game earlier this week, the Columbia County School District said.

On Wednesday, emergency medical teams responded to Lakeside Middle School during a basketball game after school hours, the district said.


  • Euchee Creek Elementary parents were notified Friday that first responders were called to the school for a student’s medical emergency. Movement in the building was briefly restricted to let the medical team attend to the student quickly and out of view of others. Dismissal occurred as normal.

Hospital officials confirmed the student was in critical condition Friday at Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

A parent told News 12 that the student “fell over, and everyone thought he was having a seizure and then was completely lifeless.”

The witness said it appeared a defibrillator had to be used on the student before he was transported away.

“It was so scary. It affected so many people along with players,” the parent told News 12.

The boys and girls basketball games scheduled for Friday between Columbia Middle School and Harlem Middle School were postponed until next week at the request of the team members and coaches.

Since word of the incident, comments have flooded social media, offering prayers to the player and their family.