Long Island family prays for miracle after 17-yr-old football player collapses on field, put on life support

A Long Island family is praying for a miracle after 17-year-old high school football player Robert Bush collapsed on the Newfield High School field from a “cardiac event.”

The Selden teen was on the field for just four minutes before he suddenly bent over and passed out during football practice.

“His heart had stopped on the field, down for about 45 minutes or longer without a pulse,” Robert’s brother, Steve Bush, told News 12. “He’s currently still on a vent in an induced coma and they’re doing everything to keep him alive at this point.”

Bush’s coaches performed CPR and shocked him with a defibrillator before emergency medical teams rushed him to Stony Brook University Hospital, but the young man’s brain had been starved of blood and oxygen for nearly an hour.

“There’s no more brain function,” Steve told Newsday on Thursday. “We are dealing with the end right now.”

Bush was adopted into a large family as a baby by parents Robert and Patricia Bush. The teen has ten siblings, ranging in age from 16 to 56, his brother told the outlet.

His sister, Donna Boboris, describes him as a loving person.

“Loves anything, loves hugs, he’s the best,” she told News 12. “He doesn’t deserve this. He’s just a baby. He’s my baby.”

Why Robert collapsed remains unclear, but his family told Newsday that they were told he may have been suffering from a hereditary condition or a “thickening of the walls” of the left ventricle. Eventually, the condition prevents the heart from receiving or pumping the amount of blood necessary per heartbeat to keep the body functioning. However, the family did tell the outlet that Robert had never shown any signs of having a heart condition.

Indeed, the teen had taken measures over recent years to improve his health and condition his body through frequent biking, walking, and football, Steve Bush said.

Patricia Bush died of cancer in 2017, and the siblings’ father, Robert, suffers from his own serious medical conditions, leaving the older siblings to take care of the younger ones. During young Robert’s lifetime, Patricia and Robert Sr. had fostered more than 300 children.

Another of Robert’s big brothers, Chris, said he pretty much raised Robert, and it was he who taught his sibling to play football.

“He was always trying to get better and better because he was never a tall guy,” Chris said. ” … But he’s got the motivation of 50 guys. He’s always trying to make himself better.”

“[Robert has] really come a long way in the last two years with regards to his health, sports, wanting to be an entrepreneur and just wanting to be accepted,” Steve said. ” … He was just like all his older siblings. He wanted to get married. He wanted to have kids like all of us. So, as you can tell, knowing where he was in his life and how far he’s taken it just in the last two years, it’s killing us.”

While the reports mention nothing of whether the teen had received the COVID-19 vaccine, on Twitter, many are openly asking the question.

“I have a question for the Branch Covidians? How many more? How many more children have to die before you can accept you were lied to?” fumed one angry user. “Do you even have a number? Or is any sacrifice worth it for the cause?”


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