Sickle-cell trait and more caused Miramar football player death: autopsy report

From NBC Miami: A Broward medical examiner released an autopsy report that said that the Miramar High School student who collapsed after football practice died of cardiac arrest due to the sickle-cell trait, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Buchsbaum said the cardiac arrest was also a result of alpha thalassemia, which leads to abnormal red blood cells, according to the newspaper.

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The five-page report on 16-year-old Isaiah Laurencin said that hypertension, bronchitis and high temperatures were “co-morbid natural factors,” the Sentinel reported.

Laurencin did not have a clear medical record. His history indicated that he had a heat stroke in 2010 and that he was obese at the time of his death, the report said. He did, however, pass his most recent physical, according to Broward County Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew.

There was no one factor that singlehandedly caused his death.

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