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‘He had his whole life ahead of him’ – 16-year-old dies after collapsing from heat stroke during football practice



The 16-year-old boy was just 10 minutes into football practice when he collapsed. Emergency services were called and the 16-year-old was rushed to hospital where doctors started doing compressions on him. Sadly, he couldn’t be saved and his parents were called just an hour after they had dropped him off at practice.

“He didn’t deserve this. He had his whole life ahead of him. I just wish this didn’t happen,” his dad Scott Hoffman said. His dad Scott had dropped him off for football practice on Tuesday. The next thing he knew his coach was calling him to say he’d collapsed. He said doctors did compressions on his son for hours, but unfortunately, Drake Geiger died at the hospital.

“He was a big kid, he was big but he had his physical. He was healthy,” Scott said. Hoffman said doctors told him Drake died of a heat stroke. The heat index during practice was about 106 degrees. Scott said his son was shy but loved being on a team. “He just loved the camaraderie,” he added. “He didn’t care if he played. He just loved being with all the teammates, being part of the team.” The 6-foot-3-inch teen was just days away from getting his driver’s license and was also excited to see his friends again at school.

According to a post, Drake’s sister said he was taken to Nebraska Medical Center Tuesday but efforts failed to revive him. “With great sadness, they were not able to save him,” wrote Brittany Hoffman. Omaha Public Schools sent a letter to students and parents saying the family had its “heartfelt sympathy and support.”  The statement added: “Please keep the family in your thoughts during this difficult time.” It is not immediately clear if the heat was a factor in Drake’s death. An autopsy is due to be carried out.