Cheerleader, 16, Collapses At Game And Dies At Hospital

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A 16-year-old cheerleader at Washington Prep High School collapsed at a high school football game in Southwest Los Angeles and died at a nearby hospital.

Washington Prep principal Todd Yullah told KNX radio that the girl — identified as 16-year-old Angela Gettis — was taken by paramedics from Fremont High School to the hospital and was pronounced dead there about three hours later.

Witness Cameron Bonner told reporters that the girl collapsed in the final moments of Friday night’s game between Washington Prep and Fremont on the Fremont campus in the 7600 block of San Pedro Street.

Los Angeles firefighters took the teenager in apparent cardiac arrest to the hospital at 9:13 p.m. after she had been given CPR by bystanders before paramedics arrived at the school, fire spokesman Erik Scott said.

Bonner said the Washington Prep squad had just tied the game with minutes to go when play was stopped and coaches and trainers ran to where minutes earlier, the cheerleaders had been performing.

“They had just tied the game up, and the cheerleaders were pumped up,” Bonner said. Angela appeared “to just pass out,” he said.

“All of her friends were in a circle crying,” Bonner said. “It was so confusing, they were all so concerned about this little angel.”

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  • Sydney Portis

    My heart goes out to her family.. So sad.

  • David Nyquist

    God rest her soul.

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  • So Sad

    This is tragic. May this young lady rest in heavenly peace. Blessings going out to her family and friends.

  • Gale Torregrossa

    Our condolences to the family and friends of Angela Gettis.

  • Lindy Brown

    God Bless this beautiful Angel and may she rest in eternal peace in your Heavenly Kingdom…..

    May we all keep this family uplifted in Prayer!!!!!

  • Linda

    Condolences to the family, friends, students, and school faculty. May the LORD bless you with strength. I too was a high school cheerleader for four straight years and this is the first time I have heard of the passing of a cheerleader. I was injured but I survived.

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  • casey

    Wow. God bless her soul. i heard that people can survive cardiac arrest if given cpr within 5 min. But anyway i wish her a peaceful journey into wherever the afterlife will take her.

  • Hector aceves

    Our condolence to her mother, Lily and family. From her co workers at St. John’s.

  • John

    Did she recently receive a vaccination?

    • Dr. Swanson

      Irrelevant and ignorant comment

      • John

        Not surprised you say that “Doctor”.

    • DL

      I think it’s safe to say that “Doctor” isn’t one, John. Your question is relevant, as she very well could have had a reaction to a shot.

  • alexandra

    rip srry to family and friends

  • Sandra Bufford

    Sudden arrhythmia death syndromes (SADS) are genetic heart rhythm abnormalities conditions that can cause sudden death in young, apparently healthy people – who are undiagnosed. These conditions can be treated and deaths can be prevented. Warning Signs: family history of unexpected, unexplained sudden death under age 40; fainting or seizure during exercise, excitement or startle; consistent or unusual chest pain &/or shortness of breath during exercise.

    SADS condition are passed down from parent to child with each child of an affected parent having a 50% chance of inheriting the condition. It is estimated the over half of the 4000 SADS deaths each year of children, teens, or young adults had one of the top two warning signs: 1) family history – of a SADS diagnosis or sudden unexplained death (usually undiagnosed and untreated)of a family member, or 2) fainting.

    The SADS Family Pedigree Project and SADS Pedigree Kit can help you identify and help other family members who need to be screened – and save lives!
    SADS conditions are when the electrical system of the heart is not working properly so there is an abnormal rhythm that occurs.

  • Danielle

    out cheerleadin sqaur heart go out to yhu anglea

    • same person Danielle

      our cheerleadin spaur heart go out to yhu anglea sorry i made a misstake

  • PatricParamedic

    Would it have been better had Medics been on-scene? Of course. That improves the statistical odds considerably.

    Would it have saved her life?

    Not likely.

    Contrary to the urban myth and TV portrayals of heroes, Once a human heart truly stops, it almost never restarts.

    The good news is that it’s terrific for folks to learn effective CPR.

    The bad news is, it generally doesn’t make a difference.

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