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Strange accident sends Viewmont student to hospital in helicopter

By Paul Nelson and Jared Page | Posted - Mar. 7, 2012 at 10:47 p.m.



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BOUNTIFUL -- A bizarre accident Wednesday sent a 17-year-old Viewmont High School student to the hospital in critical condition.

Officials say the boy was working out in the weight room, doing arm curls with relatively light weights, about 25 pounds, when the problem started.

"He felt, as he describes it, something pop in the back of his head, in the back of the head and the neck area," said South Davis Fire Chief Jeff Bassett.

He said the boy walked over to his coaches and told him what he felt, and that he had a headache. But, as the trainers were checking him out, he had a seizure. When medics arrived, the boy was conscious and talking to them. But he was getting worse.

Moments later, he collapsed and couldn't talk.

One of the coaches said he thought the student had suffered a stroke because he was having problems with the left side of his body.

Classmate Justin Cederlof said the teen often lifts weights.

"He was really dedicated to body conditioning," he said.

The boy was flown to Intermountain Medical Center in critical condition. Bassett said they're not exactly sure what happened to make the boy feel ill, and they don't want to speculate on what the cause may be.

However, the boy's grandmother posted a message on the ksl.com Comment Boards Wednesday evening, stating that doctors believe the boy's Carotid artery "popped." She also thanked people for their thoughts and prayers on her grandson's behalf.

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Contributing: Sandra Yi

Paul Nelson
    Jared Page

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