A 16-year-old boy from Bucyrus, Ohio died three weeks after being injured playing basketball at Calvary Baptist Church with friends on Saturday Feb. 27.
According to CBS Local, Noah Lear, went in for a dunk when the backboard and rim fell on top of him.
Friends reportedly called 911 and tried to provide as much aid as possible until the paramedics arrived.
Noah’s mother, Melissa Griffin, said she got a call from her son after the accident, reported the Galion Inquirer.
“He just said that he had an accident and his mouth was bleeding really bad and he knocked a few teeth out. He said the police were with him and he was being taken to the hospital,” Griffin said.
Noah was taken to Bucyrus Community Hospital, but went into cardiac arrest twice, CBS Local reported. He was then airlifted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
Friends and family posted on his Facebook page saying he suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Noah was moved to hospice care, where he remained in a coma. He succumbed to his injuries March 16, according to Battle of the Lear, a Facebook page dedicated to Noah.
“We were told that due to the lack of oxygen to his brain, the part that controls the body’s vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate and temperature, is no longer working,” Griffin told the Galion Inquirer.
According to The Associated Press, Bucyrus school officials say Noah played basketball and was popular amongst his friends and teachers.
Bucyrus Secondary School Principal Mark Burke says he will continue to provide grief counseling for those who may need it, saying it’s a challenging time for students and staff.