A Cement boys basketball player collapsed during Tuesday’s game against Union City and later died at the hospital, rocking the small community in Caddo County.
Seth Martin, 15, died at OU Medical Center late Tuesday evening, his older brother Zachary Wright told The Oklahoman via text message.
Martin had been on the bench during the game when he stood up and then collapsed. He was airlifted to OU Medical Center where he later died.
“Everybody’s in shock,” Cement superintendent Danny Pittman said. “Fortunately, we’ve been pretty lucky that we have several counselors from around the area and we also have several of our local ministers here today. We’re making plans for the next several days in trying to make sure we’re taking care of our staff and our students.”
Around three years ago, Martin was diagnosed with Vocal Cord Dysfunction, a condition where a person's vocal cords close instead of open when breathing in and out. The condition had caused issues while playing basketball, but Wright said Martin had been able to control the condition and play through it. However, Wright said doctors believe Martin’s heart caused his death.
Wright described his brother as a “super outgoing kid that made friends with everyone,” and also said he didn’t let his condition get in the way of basketball.
“He loved basketball,” Wright said. “He wasn’t going to let that stop him from playing.”
Wright, who has been working in Wyoming, said he does not know funeral arrangements.
Cement is scheduled to play Indiahoma on Thursday, but there is a possibility that game could be canceled along with future games.
Cement coach Mike Wynne was unavailable for comment.