DOWNEY (CBSLA.com) — A Downey High School football player was in critical condition Friday after collapsing during a game in Lynwood.
Los Angeles County firefighters responded to a possible cardiac arrest call just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Lynwood High School, 4050 E. Imperial Highway.
Dodi Soza, 16, a junior wide receiver, was running towards a touchdown when he collapsed on the field.
Freshman football player Evan Vasquez said Soza was not tackled or hit immediately before he fell to the ground.
“We were running a play action pass, and he ran a slant, we passed to him because he was really open so he was on his way to a touchdown and then he collapsed,” he said.
Fellow players initially assumed Soza was struggling with his well-known asthma, according to Vasquez.
Soza was transported to St. Francis Medical Center and then transferred to Long Beach Memorial Hospital for more intensive care, KNX1070’s Pete Demetriou reports.