Teen dies from ‘medical emergency’ while playing flag football

During a flag football game at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, a high school student suffered a “medical emergency” and died as a result.

The 16-year-old collapsed on the bench after experiencing chest pains on Thursday. A nurse in the stands performed CPR on her in an attempt to revive the teen. Although a defibrillator was used to restore a heartbeat, the girl died while being transported to the hospital.

In an interview with Fox 5 Vegas, Hughes’ father said she had a heart problem and had been consulting a cardiologist. Regardless, she was medically cleared to play at the time of the incident.

The teen’s family created a GoFundMe page in her honor, sharing, “Ashari was 16 years old and was playing the game she loves, football. Little did we know this would be her final sophomore game,”

She was positively spoken of as a loving person and a hard worker. Football and music were both passions of hers, as well as dancing.

“When a tragedy occurs, it affects not only that school but the entire Clark County School District family, and we grieve with the students, staff, and families affected by this loss,” said Dr. Jesus Jara, the district’s superintendent.

Hughes’ family said Thursday’s game would have been her last until her heart issues subside. Her doctor’s appointment was scheduled for Friday after closing out her time on the field. However, her untimely death prevented that from taking place.