Houston Area Pediatric Specialists

Independent pediatric specialists aim to serve our community. We want to share news and analysis regarding our specialties and our practices.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Asthma attack led to teen's death

The rule is asthma-related deaths are avoidable, which makes stories like this shocking.  Even mild asthma requires routine evaluation.  Dr. Susarla

Asthma attack led to teen's death

Family and friends remember JheVontae Davis

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) - Family members of a Chesapeake teen who died after football practice say the teen complained of chest pain before he collapsed earlier this week.
According to family members, 14-year-old JheVontae Davis, who played JV football at Oscar Smith High School, complained of a cough and chest pain before he collapsed at practice. Davis was diagnosed with severe asthma when he was a baby. 
"Early on, it was more intense, and he had to frequent the hospital multiple times," said Jamal Vaughn, Davis' cousin. "But as he grew older, the asthma became more controllable, to the point where he was able to just have his inhaler."

Davis used a breathing machine to sleep at night, but the asthma never crippled his competitive nature or his love for sports, especially football.

At Friday's varsity football game, Oscar Smith's team took a knee and prayed over Davis' jersey. The announcer called for a moment of silence and, in the fence, students used cups to draw a heart around the number Davis wore when he played.

"The moment of silence and the player that wore his jersey, it was just like, man, it was a very touching moment for myself, because he touched so many hearts," said Vaughn, who was a father figure in Davis' life.
He remembers Davis' plans to go to college. He says the teen had so much living left to do.

"We had our whole life planned out and what we wanted to do," said Zyuanya Laguerre, Davis' younger cousin. "I never thought that was the last time I was going to say goodbye to my cousin." 

No comments:

Post a Comment