SUMTER, S.C. (CBS Charlotte/AP) — A 13-year-old Sumter middle school student has died after suffering a heart attack following basketball tryouts.
Sumter School District spokeswoman Shelly Galloway told The Item of Sumter a staff member was with eighth-grader Tiffany Amber Cleckley on Tuesday when she collapsed in the office at Mayewood Middle School.
Galloway says an off-duty medical professional administered CPR and used an automated defibrillator until paramedics arrived.
Coroner Harvin Bullock said Cleckley was taken to a hospital, where she died. Bullock said an autopsy found a heart attack caused the death.
According to the American Heart Association if heart failure is caused by over circulation due to a congential heart defect, surgery is often necessary to repair the defect.
Unfortunately, for eight-grader Tiffany Amber, she will never get that chance to play basketball again.
Principal John Koumas says Cleckley will be greatly missed.
Galloway said students are required to submit a physical before participating in tryouts. Counselors were at the school to help students and faculty cope with the loss.
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