Ashari Hughes, 16, dies after Desert Oasis High School flag football game

A high school flag football game in Las Vegas, Nevada, ended in tragedy when a 16-year-old girl collapsed and later died from a medical emergency.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, 16-year-old Desert Oasis High School player Ashari Hughes collapsed shortly after the end of Thursday’s home game against Valley High School. The newspaper reported that she was taken to the hospital but later died that night.

Only three days prior, on “Monday Night Football,” Damar Hamlin, a safety for the Buffalo Bills, collapsed and died from a cardiac arrest during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Millions of people witnessed the tragedy. Officials claim that Hamlin is now “awake” and has shown “remarkable improvement.”

Unfortunately, the 16-year-old Nevada student could not be saved despite everyone’s best efforts.

A registered nurse named Aphelia Phifer-Hill, whose daughter played on the same team as the victim, reportedly wrote on Facebook on Thursday night that she had rushed onto the field to perform CPR on the girl.

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According to the paper, Phifer-Hill wrote that the teen collapsed after the game while “everyone was panicking” in the cold and rain. The paper also reported that Phifer-Hill attempted chest compressions and used an external defibrillator.

In Her 26 Years As A Nurse, She Had Never Been Faced With Performing CPR On A Child Until Today

She said that her family wasn’t able to make it to the game, but they ended up getting there. Our efforts to detect a heartbeat were successful. According to the Review-Journal, Phifer-Hill stated that the adolescent was admitted to the hospital and intubated prior to her death. Her original comment was removed soon after the news article was released.

On Friday, the 16-year-passion old’s for the sport she lost her life to was remembered.

In a statement, the girl’s parents, Enttroda and Twayne Hughes said, “She loved music, dancing, and being around all the people she loved… Football, she claimed, was her “one true love.”

On Friday afternoon, a GoFundMe page was set up to collect donations to cover the costs of Ashari Hughes’ funeral. Within two hours, it had raised over $2,000. As of Saturday morning, they had raised over $21,000 of their $50,000 target.

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A 16-Year-Old Vegas High School Sophomore Suddenly Died

Exactly three days after a Buffalo Bills player suffered a cardiac arrest during a game, a high school athlete died after collapsing during a varsity flag football game at her school.

The girl was identified as 16-year-old Ashari Hughes, and the Clark County coroner stated that an official ruling on the girl’s cause and manner of death was pending.

A 16-Year-Old Vegas High School Sophomore Suddenly Died

Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that after Hughes collapsed during Desert Oasis High School’s home game against Valley High School, campus staff members immediately provided medical aid until paramedics arrived.

Their daughter, Ashari, “loved music, dancing, and being around all the people she loved,” according to her parents, En Enttroda and Twayne Hughes. She declared her undying devotion to football.

The mother of one of Ashari’s teammates, Aphelia Phifer-Hill, a registered nurse, rushed onto the field to perform CPR; she later revealed that this was the first time in her 26 years as a nurse that she had attempted to resuscitate a child.

Phifer-Hill pointed out that the family wasn’t there, but showed up just as they were starting to feel their heart rhythm.

Hughes Was Taken To A Nearby Hospital, Where She Was Eventually Intubated And Pronounced Dead

A parent at Desert Oasis, Joel Scharer, talked about how he hugged his daughter Alyssa when he picked her up on Friday and mentioned how flag football is seen as a safer alternative.

Hughes Was Taken To A Nearby Hospital, Where She Was Eventually Intubated And Pronounced Dead

“Nobody really thought it was going to be what it was,” he declared. “Kids get hurt. To add insult to injury, this is merely flag football. Despite the name, this isn’t actual tackle football. Absolutely nobody could have predicted that it would end up being what it was.

Las Vegas school district superintendent Jesus Jara released a statement expressing the district’s condolences to Hughes’ friends, family, and colleagues.

Jara expressed his profound sadness at the loss of this young life. The entire Clark County School District family is impacted by tragedies, not just the individual school.

Final Words

Dr. Jesus F. Jara, superintendent of the Clark County School District, expressed his condolences on Twitter, writing, “When a tragedy occurs, it affects not only that school but the entire Clark County School District family, and we grieve with students, staff, and families affected by this loss.”

As of the 6th of January, the cause of Hughes’ death has not been determined, per KVVU. All of us will miss her dearly. Raise that seven to the sky for her! Hughes’s parents wrote on GoFundMe, “It was her first football number, and she always wanted to represent it well!”


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