SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The Alvin ISD football player who died after playing in a game in San Antonio Friday had a rare heart defect, according to an autopsy.
Chase Lightfoot, a junior at Shadow Creek High School, got sick during the second half of the game against St. Mary’s Hall. He was treated by team trainers and doctors on the sideline before being rushed to an area hospital. Doctors there were unable to save him.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner said Lightfoot suffered from an aberrant coronary artery or AAOCA. It’s a defect that occurs when a coronary artery arises from the wrong location in the aorta.
AAOCA is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in children and adolescents in the United States.
Friends gathered in prayer at the high school Saturday evening to say goodbye to Lightfoot.
"I feel sad because I just lost somebody who I cared about, somebody you grew up with. They're gone." said Kennedy Tennard, a classmate.
"He made everybody's day. Even when you were the maddest person in the world. You just looked at him and you just start smiling." said Sterling Seriale, a teammate.
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