News from the Tennessee Valley Sports
FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2007

athlete in serious condition

Football player’s illness not believed to be heat stroke

By Josh Cooper · 340-2462

A West Limestone High football player was in intensive care at Huntsville Hospital on Thursday, a day after he was brought there with symptoms of heat stroke and dehydration a hospital spokesperson said.

Darell Taylor, a 6-foot-1 250-pound sophomore, was still in serious condition, and doctors were continuing tests.

According to West Limestone coach David Arnsparger, Taylor’s potassium levels were fine, indicating that Taylor was not dehydrated. Arnsparger was also told that Taylor did not suffer heat stroke.

The problem may stem from unexplained “blackouts” that Taylor said he was suffering earlier in the week.

“We want him to get better,” Arnsparger said. “We want to find out what kind of problem he has.”

On Wednesday, Taylor was finishing his mile run to end practice when he showed signs of exhaustion according to Arnsparger. Arnsparger said Taylor did not collapse but was carried to the field house where he continued to drink fluids and was monitored by the school’s athletic training staff.

He was talking, walking around and drinking water, but he started to cramp up and when the cramps got worse, Arnsparger called the hospital.

Taylor was then taken by MedFlight to Huntsville Hospital.

“We have our emergency plan, we put it into action and everybody on the scene did what they were supposed to do,” Arnsparger said.

“He is fortunate that what happened to him happened to him here.

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