A Northwestern High School senior is in critical condition after going into cardiac arrest during a basketball game Tuesday night.
Cartier Wood, 18, went into cardiac arrest during the game, according to an email sent by the school district superintendent.
“It is with a heavy heart that I send you this evening’s email. Earlier this evening, Cartier Woods, a senior at Northwestern, went into cardiac arrest while playing in a basketball game at Northwestern,” said Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai P.
CPR was administered to revive Woods and he was transported to a nearby hospital, Witty said. The teenager is still fighting for life and is on life support.
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“He was administered CPR and transported to Henry Ford Hospital. As of this email, he is on life support and the next 24 hours are critical to his survival. With permission from Cartier Woods’ legal guardian, his aunt, I am writing this email to ask for your prayers, thoughts and/or best wishes for his recovery. I’ll be sure to keep everyone updated on Cartier’s health and I pray that he gives you positive news!Post continued.
Cartier first started playing sports at age 10, his aunt and legal guardian, Dwanda Woods, told ABC Detroit.
“No one can stop him. He just loves to play football, basketball. That’s his first goal of what he’s wanted to do his whole life,” said Dwanda Woods.
According to Woods, her nephew had no heart disease. CPR was performed on him for 40-60 minutes after he collapsed on the court, Woods said.
“He’s been with me since I was a baby and I’m not sleeping. I haven’t eaten or drunk anything since yesterday and I’m feeling sick right now,” said Dwanda Woods. “We’re all praying and hoping he wakes up.”
Woods said the family is in the process of setting up a fundraising campaign to help pay his medical bills.
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Three minutes into Tuesday’s Detroit Northwestern boys basketball game at Detroit Douglas, Douglas assistant coach Roland Eason noticed Northwestern senior Cartier Woods head coach George Tyson.
“Coach, I’m dizzy,” Woods said, according to Eason. “I have to come out.”
Douglas head coach Pierre Brooks, who trained Tyson for 18 years, was watching the action on court until he heard a loud noise.
Woods suffered cardiac arrest and was immobile on the court.
“I heard a big bang and I thought it must have been a fight or something,” Brooks said. “I looked over and Cartier was out and trainer Tyson jumped into action.
Brooks estimated EMT personnel arrived between five and 10 minutes after the incident and transported the young man to nearby Henry Ford Hospital.
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