A 16-years-old teen suddenly died at a basketball practice the day after Christmas, his death is still a hard shock for his mother Edna Georges.
Georges says Lenny Pierre, her son, was practicing with his team at John Bowne High School in Queens, New York City when he started to look ill on Wednesday.
“He said while he was playing, they saw him a little shaky,” Georges told NBC New York. “They told him to have a seat. He said he was lightheaded. Just moments later, he collapsed.”
The teen died at New York Presbyterian Hospital after “police said they responded to a 911 call around 12:03 p.m. from John Bowne High School” and rushed the unconscious boy to medical help.
Pierre left his home Wednesday morning to go to practice, his mom said. But the teenager didn’t answer his phone later in the day until she got a call from her son's coach.
the mother said the boy’s death was surprising because she didn’t know that he had any threatening medical condition.
“I have a healthy boy,” she told the outlet. “I don’t know what went wrong, to tell you the truth.”
“He was not allergic to anything,” she continued, “He was not on any medication. Healthy as you could imagine.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mourned the boy’s death in a statement.
“As a parent, and as a father of student-athletes, I can only imagine the pain and sorrow being felt by Lenny’s family, loved ones and classmates,” it said, according to amNewYork. “On behalf of 8.6 million New Yorkers, I extend our deepest condolences.”